To the Late-Diagnosed Person–
I hate that term, Diagnosis, since it sounds like someone had to validate your very existence.
I prefer the term “awareness” or “validation.”
Awareness is when you knew your brain operated differently.
Validation is when someone said, “Hey, your brain works differently” and they didn’t mean it as an insult. It just was a fact.
How do we ever know what it’s like in our heads, as compared to someone else’s?
I think one of the interesting things about finding out that we’re Autistic in particular, though this really goes for any Neurodivergent quality, is we get to actually think about what other people see inside their heads, and then we encounter a whole lot of interesting information when we realize that everyone is not doing what we’re doing.