Liel Huppert on the Lilith Blog. A longer version of this piece originally appeared in jGirls magazine, which is partnering with Lilith to bring the voices of the next generation to a wider audience.

“I wouldn’t trade my special needs for anything”

Since I am a special-needs person, I wasn’t always accepted everywhere I went, and sometimes I’m still not.

I have autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar 2 disorder.

I don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to accept others and to understand that not everyone is the same. I used to think my special needs were a setback, but oh was I so wrong. It may have taken me a little bit longer to grow up, but now I understand things in a way that I never thought I could achieve. I think so outside the box that there is no box. I can decipher metaphors, and I can comprehend people’s behavior to the point where I have patience for almost anyone.

I wouldn’t trade my special needs for anything. I’m proud of them.

LIEL HUPPERT on the Lilith Blog. A longer version of this piece originally appeared in jGirls magazine, which is partnering with Lilith to bring the voices of the next generation to a wider audience.