RJ - 24 - Murcia
Languages/Linguistics - Making Stuff - Experience Abroad - General Fangirling about a Variety of Topics
Sleep is like a magic reset button that temporarily gets rid of your worries
there is so much unnecessary heterosexuality on tv
Laverne: Nicole, does your belief system now change, in which you now know you don’t need him to be there?
Nicole: No. I think what happens is it turns into less a conversation about my blackness and more about relating to humanity, because that’s really what we’re trying to do. We’re just realizing that people are capable of doing it. We’re underestimating people because people said we weren’t viable. [x]
*sings* I———-am seriously overwhelm———ed by the number of cla——-sses I got in the past 48 hoooooooours
Seriously I have so many people contacting me and it’s after 8…this is one of those things I miss about the US
ok but: child autistic prince zuko stimming with firebending and accidentally burning things down
u think im joking but nothing is as important as autistic prince zuko
- autistic zuko who cant for the life of him figure out why he has so much trouble communicating n struggling with some super anxiety over it bc that’s canon
- autistic zuko who attaches so much importance to his honor bc he’s terrified he won’t be worth anything without it (also canon)
- autistic zuko figuring out how to relate to other people in a way that doesnt make him sound like a raging dick all the time (canon)
- autistic zuko not being sure what to do about friendships and actually being loved (canon)
- autistic zuko learning that his destiny is his own and evolves independently of the tyranny of the fire nation and doing his best to make up for his past mistakes (canon)
- autistic zuko scripting conversations before having them and trying fifteen different ways to say the same thing (canon)
like pls make room for autistic zuko interpretations in ur life this is something that was only revealed to me like two days ago but is so important
I’m thinking on this for sure.
He did show a lot of trouble socializing with his own crew. While the normal assumption is he’s a moody teenager, he could also have difficulty communicating with them period. He’s also been taught by his father that being friendly and open shows weakness, which would not help his social skills at all.
There’s also Zuko, the older brother, deferring to his sister on the matter of trying to hit turtleducks with rocks because she thinks it’s amusing, so he shows it to his mother, believing her about it being a good thing. Azula says this is funny, so it must be. Zuko might honestly not have known. She also takes a lot of amusement in Zuko’s seriousness and reactions at times. Clearly she preys on him a great deal because she knows she can. The power dynamic is striking and unfortunate.
Zuko doesn’t show trouble with oversensitivity, but not all autistic people do. In fact, given how he keeps bouncing back and is somewhat reckless, he might sometimes experience a serious decrease in his senses. His behavior oscillates between wanting to be alone and wanting to fight and be physical. I could be wrong, but aren’t both of those generally things that people will sometimes do? Either remove stimulus, or if very frustrated, try to seek stimulus out of desire to feel something.
And his firebending based meditation would be excellent for helping him focus and calm down.
Zuko’s family is about right to represent the struggles and needs of an autistic person, too, which is interesting. His father doesn’t understand and doesn’t care. He just wants results. He ignores Zuko except to parade him around as the heir. What time he spends on Zuko involves trying to train him to act the way he wants. Azula takes advantage of him and any power she can leverage over her brother. She lies to him, knowing he’ll probably believe her no matter what she says, and this along with their father’s parenting might have contributed to her own sadistic problems (that is, she grew up in an environment of powerlessness, and never being good enough, but also being able to claim power from her brother and manipulate him, which would have been an outlet for her). So we have the relative that chooses to ignore and control, then the relative that abuses. But we also have Zuko’s mother, who always took the time to reassure him, explained things gently in a way he could understand, and went out of her way to protect him no matter what the cost. She loved Azula as much as Zuko, but Zuko needed more care and attention because he didn’t understand things as easily as she did, so Azula had to be independent younger, and also perceived her brother getting preferential treatment. Finally, we have Uncle Iroh. He’s perfect for Zuko. He doesn’t try to control Zuko, doesn’t overwhelm him, and encourages him to calm down and take his time. He’s a steady rock that Zuko can depend on when his life is too confusing. He always has advice for Zuko, and is forgiving of his mistakes. So a parent who ignores, a parent who teaches, a sibling who abuses, and an uncle who loves. They represent two environments and home lives that autistic people often deal with, and two environments they need.
THIS IS SO GOOD THANK YOU