Written in June 2023
A while ago I saved an image created by @h.e.l.e.n.m.a.r.i.e about glimmers – which you'll see on the side of this post. The image text reads:
A little guide to glimmers
I really loved the idea of glimmers. I think for autistic people our glimmers are often related to our passions and interests, and to some extent related to seeing justice enacted. I know I certainly feel a sense of inner calm and balance when imbalances are addressed, and mistreatments corrected. I definitely feel a sense of inner unrest, and feel adrift in the world when I see injustice and mistreatment happening. I can fixate and ruminate on these things; on examples of discrimination and on unfairness when I see it.
Glimmers are the antidote to negative input, whether that's uncomfortable sensory experiences, the demands of others or societal pressure to conform, sudden change or just those days when I feel like I'm not allowed to exist.
My glimmers are:
Helen's post about glimmers made me look at the things which are my glimmers. Some of these I already knew were self-care strategies that helped balance my mood and calm a dysregulated nervous system, while others were just “nice things”. Some of these are things I can seek out, while others happen serendipitously.
It's been helpful to have a label for this set of things because they can become a more well stocked set of tools I can access when I need them.