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The Phoenix

By Sarah Matincheck

The Phoenix


“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”


The Phoenix is a mythological bird that is cyclically regenerated or is otherwise born anew. It rises from the ashes of its predecessor and regains life. I feel associated with the Phoenix, but my ‘ashes’ contain confusion, defeat, anxiety, fears, overwhelming, anger, and stress. Every day I come face-to-face with these feelings and they try to consume me. But every day, I am able to turn those feelings, thoughts, and emotions into ashes and rise again to a new day. 

There have been times when I have felt overwhelmed by these types of emotions; times when I couldn’t think straight. When that would happen, I would go to a quiet place to be alone and collect my thoughts. There, I would imagine taking those negative feelings and turning them into ashes. When I felt ready to come out of my quiet place, I would feel full of positive energy, like a Phoenix born anew.

For these reasons, I believe that this analogy is fitting for the autistic community as a reminder to not let defeat get the best of you. Because no one is perfect, our errors make us human.

I think the trick is to be like the Phoenix!!!

I’ve always been fascinated with mythical beings and the meanings behind them – thanks for letting me share one of my favorites with you!

Until next time,