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Not ordinary 

When you’re a highly-functioning, articulate autistic, you can go for days, often weeks without letting your veil slip; you can even convince yourself that maybe it was all a mistake and you’re an ordinary person after all. You can slip in and out of situations and conversations, and your quirks can sit quietly in the shadows but then – out of the blue, someone walking behind you with a noisy coat (yes, a noisy coat – that’s what I said) can upset you so much you have stop and wait for them to pass, and you realise you’ve been pushing yourself too much for too long and you need to not be ordinary, and probably needed to not be ordinary a long time ago. 

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