It brings me to tears tonight watching #agt America's Got Talent... THE FINALS!
Kodi Lee, a blind, autistic, neurodivergent musical savant won by popular vote on one of the world's biggest stages. POPULAR VOTE. The voting audience saw his brilliance. He didn't hide his disabilities.... he was himself-authentic- and he sang his heart out. To see him win brings me to tears.
Im not autistic like Kodi, but I know how it feels to be neurodivergent with disabilities and a savant talent. It's easy to feel invisible sometimes. Worse, there are times where people only see the disability/illness, and the judgment hurts. It's challenging to choose to share my savant ability (painting) under those circumstances. Still, I keep painting no matter the reactions of those around me because it's in my soul!
To see that expressed in an even more powerful way this season on AGT has moved me to start a new artistic expression.
To watch Kodi soar in the finals and again tonight.... well.... I'm inspired in ways that leave me speechless. The color I feel, though, is a deep sparkling and swirling bowl of thick purple liquid with tinges of turquoise, fuchsia and gold spreading to every cell in my body! Ahhhh.... if only synesthesia could be my language!
All my love to #kodilee for his extraordinary win tonight! Your fellow neurodivergent savants are cheering you on! I think my daughter and I need to finally get on a plane and go to Vegas.