In honor of National Autism Awareness Month we are sharing eight life lessons from It’s Not a Perfect World, but I’ll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me Who Are Kind of (You Know) Autistic by Jennifer Rose.
Jennifer Rose may seem like the average college – she attends classes, reads, writes fan fiction, and has dealt with her fair share of bullies but all is not as it seems. In her debut novel she imparts irresistibly funny and honest anecdotes from her life with autism. Her first book will not only inspire you to move with purpose but have you grinning ear to ear as you find yourself relating to stories that are similar to the ones you have experienced yourself.
“Life is Not a Straight Line”Lesson One
I went through a lot during my thirteen years of schooling. From being the only special needs student in my public school class to attending a school for high-functioning autistic and Asperger’s kids and now going to college, it was one long journey…I wrote this book to share my stories and to help teens of all abilities.
“Some teachers don’t just help you learn; they make an impact”Lesson 6
They do it in their own little ways, from reaching out to help students who are different to making subjects entertaining. THe most important lessons he taught me were that you should reach out and help people and that laughter is a great way to do that.
“There is more to success than being popular”Lesson 10
I learned that as long as I focus on my own dreams, I can become successful. As Dad told me, “You can become a celebrity, not like the Kardashians who have accomplished zilch, but a celebrity like William Shakespeare. He really accomplished something worthwhile. That’s Why we’re still reading his plays!
“Learn to take jokes, even your dad’s”Lessons 18
I’ve learned to cope with these by now. Even if you don’t like your parents’ sense of humor , you should at least realize it’s all in good fun. And if you listen to jokes with an open mind, you might eventually have to admit they can be pretty funny.
“If you can’t control it, let it go”Lesson 32
Over the years, I learned that some situations like these are out of my control. You just have to roll with the punches and not let the stress get to you.
Stay on track and accept the setbackLesson 37
You can’t always predict the future; there will always be setbacks, so do your best to cope and move on.
“Life should have balance”Lesson 42
…real life needs to be a balance of work and play. Think of it as a couple of scales-you don’t want either side to weigh more than the other. When you have too much of something to enjoy you can’t really enjoy it.
You’re different and that’s okayLesson 19
…being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Yes, there are negatives, but as long as I don’t get upset, or obsess, I’m fine…While i would have been smart with or without autism, I’ve used my obsessions constructively. I may be a quirky person, but that’s okay. It’s part of who I am
About the Author
Jennifer Rose is a sophomore at Drew University. She likes watching old movies with her family, listening to classic rock, deconstructing pop culture, Japanese animation, Jewish stuff, Dr. Who, and sushi. Jennifer resides in Morristown, New Jersey
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