I just read the above post about your shopping trip which ended uncomfortably. I so admire how you were able to take this uncomfortable situation, remove yourself and then look at it again with new eyes and not be devastated by it! I wish you could teach all of us "neurotypicals" how to do that. What I really appreciate is the fact that you don't take this one experience and decide never to go out again, but instead you think that "Next time, I'll remember to wear ear plugs!"
Your attitude really is inspirational. If you ever decide to write a daily inspirational book about your experiences, I would love to read it. But for now, I'll just be content to read your posts.