Movie madness

In my mind, there are always competing interests. Like yesterday, my mind wanted to go to a movie. But, I am also training for a marathon and needed to do a training run. I couldn’t convince myself that running would be better. This led to me getting internally frustrated which developed into external agitation and a mini-tantrum. My dad and mom calmed me down but then made me type out why I was mad. All I could get out was that I didn’t want to go to the gym. I wanted to go to a movie. My dad said that he was originally intending to do both. But, by then, I was already convinced that I didn’t want to run. So, my dad ran by himself on the treadmill in our house. By the time he was done, it was time for dinner. There wasn’t time for me to change my mind. But, we were still going to see the movie so it was worth it. After dinner, we got in the truck and headed toward the theater. Unfortunately, there was a huge traffic jam that we got stuck in. We missed the movie that we had already bought tickets for and were stuck long enough that we missed the other showings too. So, we turned around and came home. So, not only did I miss out on running but also the movie. Life is like that sometimes, I think. When you convince yourself that you need something that you really don’t need, you lose perspective and your mind can get all messed up about it. I could have done both things that I wanted but because I had trouble being patient, I lost out on my chance for that day. It’s a good reminder to me that I need to communicate better and not just get angry. My dad was willing to let me go to the movie but made me wait to calm down and for him to exercise. I am thankful for the lesson. Aaron.

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Aaron Jepson

I am a 21-year old male who was diagnosed with autism at age 3. I am only partially-verbal and have a very difficult time expressing my thoughts by mouth but I am able to type on an I-Pad. My goal in life is to help other people with disabilities, and to let the rest of the world know that most people with autism are intelligent and capable and can make a great contribution to this world. I am funny, athletic, and most of all, handsome. And I am a fast runner, a cool skier, and a sweet mountain biker.

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    Don Jepson says

    Aaron, that was a great lesson learned, and it can be applied to many of life’s challenges. Love you! Grandpa.

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