“I believe in self-acceptance.” Spenser Dettwyler opened his article with this statement of his beliefs. Prior to reading it, I felt strongly about embracing differences in others but failed to accept everything about myself. I was incredibly inspired by Spenser’s personal account of living with Asperger’s. I found his openness about his disorder admirable. His experiences with overcoming and even embracing his setbacks were truly a great message for all. Spenser’s narrative has inspired me to accept what makes me unique and to use these qualities to my advantage. A world without differences would be a dull and dismal one, indeed.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.