“I just wanted to give you a hug, Ray.”
This line, one of the more heartbreaking in the film Rain Man, is said by Tom Cruise’s character, Charlie after he tries to share a moment with his autistic brother, Raymond. Charlie is so caught up in the joy of the moment, he forgets that giving Raymond, portrayed by Dustin Hoffman, a hug will cause him a lot of discomfort. The defeated way in which Charlie says the line is what makes it so compelling. These days, the one major obstacle left for me is my inability to find joy in many of my pursuits. I try to explain it to people, but I end up feeling like most of the time while they might understand, they don’t seem to confirm they comprehend how overwhelming it can be. Some days are easier than others, and I feel optimistic I’ll continue to adjust; other days, not so much.