Saturday, October 8, 2011

Back to Basics

Earlier this week, I felt as if I reached a crossroad.  As if I had to make a decision between this blog and The Boy.  I questioned the purpose of writing it at all.
Why must I choose?  When what I really need to do is choose wisely.  
One of the things my professor stated during the semester this all began was: 
Don't put it all on the blog.  (Save it for the book.)   

Oops...sort of forgot about that one.

Yesterday afternoon while on my way home from work I sat in front of an advertisement that said:
It's your story.  
Tell it. 
Write it. 
Explore it. 
Live it. 
Believe in it. 
Run with it. 
Experiment with it. 
Experience it. 
Continue it.
Who knew I would find inspiration on the Uptown 6

Anyway, it made me remember the reason why I started this blog.  I wanted to tell a story.  I wanted to inspire others just as The Boy inspired me.  To raise awareness. To inform and to educate.  And the reason I wanted to do this was because when it comes to mainstream media and autism - Latinos are so rarely featured.  Because our stories are not on the bookshelves. I started this blog because I wanted to erase the stigma of autism within the Latino community.

The Boy putting together a 60 piece puzzle - 2009
The purpose of this blog is The Boy.  He is my great success story.  And I'm going to continue it.        


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
~ Steve Jobs

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.