Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 30

Ozzy & Oigy, Maripat’s 4-legged babies, 2014 Maripat: Don’t take things personally, laugh as much as possible, drop unrealistic expectations, focus on the positive and remember that it’s neurological wiring, not a subversive plot. And when you do all these things, give me a call, because I always need to be reminded of them, too. Okay, before we give you your kettle corn back, how about answering these just-for-fun questions: Zoom: Coffee or tea? Maripat: Yes, please. Zoom: Dog or cat? Maripat: Both. Zoom: Cake or ice cream? Maripat: Can I say cookies? Zoom: Mountains or beach? Maripat: Mountains. Zoom: Movies or reading? Maripat: Both, in copious amounts. Zoom: And last but not least, if you could have any super power, what would it be and why? Maripat: The super power of acceptance—to work hard toward solutions while relinquishing outcomes. That doesn’t mean we don’t need activism. There are unacceptable situations playing out all over, and we need to fight for the rights of those who can’t fight for themselves. It’s paradoxical, but once I’ve done everything I can about something, and I surrender the outcome of that work, it opens up the space for other forces to come into play. People can’t help if we don’t create the space for them to do so. I’ve learned that every difficulty I endure can be turned into a positive by helping others face the same issues. From that principle comes all my peace, strength and purpose.