Dear Readers

I’m not a prolific writer or poet. I’m a hopeless dreamer with many pent-up frustration. I blog to release some of that negative emotions, to keep track of my progress, my highs and lows, my many failures and the once in a while achievements. It all started with a dream. In the event that I succeed, I hope this blog will be a reminder to myself of the frustration and desperation so I will never become complacent and insensitive to other people’s sufferings. In the event that I fail, there’s certainly more that I could have done but it’s also a reality check that not all dreams come true. 

I’m not a professional photographer but I love taking pictures, especially of cats and nature. I will share photos of cats and my travels occasionally on this blog. Australia is one of my favourite destinations, it’s a country I’ve visited over 17 times in the past 10 years. I am attracted to the country’s vast open spaces and wide blue skies, and I love the views of the countryside. When I think about my Walden, I think about Australia.

My research interests are related to mental health and autism, and I care deeply about social inequalities. I hope to contribute my bit to reduce mental health stigma and raise better awareness of autism. Now that I’m actually pursuing a research study on this area, I might pose questions from time to time to seek your views on related topics. Your views will be appreciated.

I am on the autism spectrum. I use identity-first (autistic person) and person-first (person with autism) language interchangeably in my posts. Diversity is about respect, not majority preference.

I’m a Chinese female and I currently live in Hong Kong. Why does it matter? Because when it comes to narratives of autistic people, this makes me a minority of a minority. I believe for neurodiversity to take root, we have to include the voices of diverse gender, cultures and geographical locations. I am here to add to the diversity, I’m happy if you can relate to what I say but I’m not here to represent anyone. Remember, if you meet one person with autism, you meet one person with autism.

I don’t know how frequent I’m going to blog but I will have a new post at least once per month. I try to reply to every comments but those who know me for a while would probably know by now that I’m terribly slow at responding to comments. Please don’t be offended or feel rejected if I don’t respond. If you want me to check out your blog, you are welcomed to leave a comment or private message to say hi. 

Last but not the least, thank you for reading my blog and a big thank you to those who have been following me before this blog. Many of you are artistically and literary talented, and to have you reading my blog, which is probably the most unentertaining and uninformative blog you ever read, is just unbelievable. Thank you for your unconditional support and encouragement. 

Yours sincerely, 

Dream Walden

September 2019