Autistic Girl Crushes the National Anthem - The Lesson Learned

Posted on 21 February 2014

This is why I don't judge people. Well... lets be honest, some people suck. I am no mother Teresa, but I try to get to know someone a least a little bit before I judge them.

For instance, when I was a kid I worked at this place called Tires Plus. It was a cool job. I did maintenance work on people's cars. I changed a lot of tires, changed oil, and would fill up other fluids for them. 

I worked with this guy named Bernie. He was from West Mt. Airy. Bernie was pretty hood. He was in his fifties, he loved his family so much. He was obviously pretty uneducated. He didn't speak well and I don't think he could read because he always made me look up the oil filter numbers in the book. He used to call me "Young Buck" and everyone would call him B.

With all Bernie's shortcomings, he knew everything there was to know about tires. I swear this guy was a damn genius. Bernie couldn't read the newspaper, but when it came to tires, he knew everything. He made his tips because the managers from other stores would pay him side money to answer questions for them. Tires are a billion dollar a year industry, and Bernie knew all there was to know.

Bernie taught me a valuable lesson. I was bitching to him about how I hated school. I'll never forget Bernie looking right at me and saying "Young Buck... you are never going to amount to anything unless you're willing to sacrifice your time." I will never forget that. I still failed Algebra. In fact I failed Algebra all three times I took it, but the lesson was learned.

**On a side note - Fuck Algebra. I am never going to know the value of x. Never. Anyways...**

Then I listen to this girl sing. These days, we usually use the phrase "mentally challenged" when describing Autism. I listen to this girl, and I can't help but feel like she knows something we don't. There is so much more to learn about the brain. Why is it that when she sings, he words and her movements flow like water? You can't be taught to sing like that. You just know how to do it. If I had to guess, I would assume she has damn near perfect pitch. From the sunglasses I assume she has poor vision, but I bet her pitch and her frequency measurement in her hearing is on point.

Imagine what a waste it would be, if everyone just assumed she was incapable of achieving greatness. Imagine if everyone just judged her and assumed she didn't have any magic inside of her. That would be a shame.

I don't know where I am going with this. I guess what I'm saying is that everyone is good at something. Even you.

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