Can you imagine waking up in a remote village on an island somewhere? It’s a beautiful place filled with people very similar to yourself in looks. So, it’s not like you stand out as different.
But there are differences…..you don’t really seem to speak the same language as everybody else and you don’t really understand the customs or the social rules of the community. You want to fit in. You want to make friends. You are so lonely but no one seems to understand or accept you in the same way that they understand and accept each other.
You try really hard to communicate, but the harder you try to connect with the people, the more they seem to misunderstand you. They start to talk to each other, about you. Many of the attempts that you make, to connect and communicate, seem to highlight your differences and exacerbate misunderstandings.
Over time, your anxiety about being able to connect grows, which only increases your difficulties in interacting. Eventually, over time, you learn a few phrases, and a few of the customs…..but it’s really not 100% clear to you; and more often than not, the people are confused and/or offended by your attempts at relationship. Even worse, sometimes they mock and ridicule you.
Can you………no, WILL YOU…..?
Will you imagine if this was your reality for your entire life?
Will you imagine how lonely you would feel?
Will you imagine how desperate you would feel……….
Can you imagine not understanding the social rules of the world?
Can you imagine not being able to read body language or facial expressions?
Can you imagine not understanding “inferences”?
Please try to imagine.
Please be accepting of those with differences.
Please gain understanding.
Please have compassion.
Please show love.