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The other “S word”

[CN: Discussion of ableist language]
In our house, we have two “S words”. The first one is shit. I’m allowed to say shit. My son is not. He will get cursing privileges when he’s older. The other “S word” is stupid. Neither my son nor I say that word in our house.

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The story of my family

[CN: gaslighting, toxic family]
Something happened yesterday which rattled me to my core. To the casual observer, the thing might seem like no big thing, but it was a big thing to me because it signals the start of a pattern of behaviour from someone else, specifically my father.

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I am not successful

A little while ago, someone said to me “When I think of spectrum and success, I think of you.” That sentence has been swirling around in my head for a while now.
I am not sure which measure of success that person was using, but I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be considered successful