Well, I don’t entirely. Not yet anyway. I’m a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, a place that helps Neurodivergent and Disabled people who need their own niche to work. Through VR, I have an incredible Counselor and an amazing Self-Employment Specialist. I learn with them how to create a business that I can do with the needs that I have, and that allows me to flourish, so I can be a proper business owner.
One of the biggest issues I struggle with, though, is the combination of work and self-care, as well as my bad habit of comparing myself to workers who are Neurotypical.
I write on this because it came up today with my physical doctor, not just my counselor. Every couple of months, I meet with my doctor to discuss how I’m doing on a medication that is supposed to help with my anxiety and dysthymia. It works wonderfully, but sometimes I have questions for different situations. For example, lately I had been feeling burned out, despite having a task list that accommodates my needs for my disability and maintains mental health.
My doctor and counselor have both pointed out to me that I constantly compare myself to abled and mentally healthy individuals. That breaks are ok, that some days I will do much better than others, and that is also ok.
I suppose my conclusion for this would be – not every Autistic person, or person on the Autism Spectrum, will have the same situation as a business owner. It’s working out very well for me. But burnout happens, sensory interruptions happen, meltdowns happen, adaptations are needed (I have a little “survival kit” I put together for myself), and all of that is ok. It doesn’t make me (or you) any less of a good business owner.
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