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My Group of Friends
I know it sounds a bit awkward to say because I have only been in my group for almost 2 years now, but it’s important to me. I don’t see them as just a group, I see them as a group of people that I can connect with. In this group, we go to different places and we make friends. So far, I have been to various places with them and as time goes by, I know more about them.
I started joining a group for people on the autism spectrum because I wanted friends that I could relate to and to have people to talk to. It’s not easy for someone like me to make friends, it never has been. On the third Wednesday of each month, we have meetings and, in these meetings, we either have guest speakers or we talk about important topics matter to us. I have been a member since March of 2022 and so far, it’s been going great for me! I feel accepted, which has always been my goal. My goal was to find a group of people who accept me for who I am and that’s what I find to be the most important when making friends. Not just finding the right ones but good ones too. There are good friends and bad friends but these are good friends. I have learned my lesson in the past about who to choose as friends.
Our group has gone to various places ranging from Baltimore to Fulton Theater in Lancaster. We even went to Shady Maple for our group Thanksgiving dinner which was a fun experience for me since I have never had a Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Our trips are funded by the Autism Society of the Greater Harrisburg Area but our meetings are funded by The Bands for Autism LLC. Without funding, doing these things are not possible. I feel grateful that I have this group and it’s nice to have people who accept you for you as friends and those you can trust. Right now, we are trying to find alternative ways for transportation because rental vehicles are extremely expensive and the funding is almost running dry. I have not seen them since July so it’s been several months and virtually seeing them is not the same as seeing them in person. I understand the situation, it’s the grasping of the issue that’s mentally challenging. The first time hearing the news, I felt really depressed and what I feared the most was losing my group of friends. If someone had told me the year 2023 would be rough, I would have been more mentally prepared.
I wrote this post to tell you guys how important my group is because everyone needs and deserves to have a great group of friends. It’s important to have people you can connect with in your life. I know that without these people, I would have felt lonely and depressed. Thank you for letting me share my story and I hope you enjoy reading the post as much as I have enjoyed writing about it. Have a good day!