It is quite rare that I don’t go out for a few days. I haven’t even been for a walk. I’m depressed and all I want to do is sleep. I cannot function against the ableism that exists in the outside world. It has always been there but I wasn’t worn down enough feel it as a form of trauma. I was so much happier when I was unaware and innocent minded. Ignorance is a major comfort. Once I lost that aspect of my autism, my inner defence shield was no longer there. Yes, I probably need to at least go for a walk to feel better but my brain says no today. I feel too weighed down to walk. I constantly want sleep. I just couldn’t walk out my front door today. It’s like having chains keeping me inside. I imagine the world outside and I just feel overwhelmed. I know that some autistic people have got agoraphobic as they’ve got older. I’ve never been afraid of going out but I’m now getting older. Lockdown made me comfortable about not going out. Then I got to the point where I thought why go out when I’m much more comfortable not being out? That’s why I get my food shop delivered every so often. I get everything to my door without stressing myself out going into the outside world.