If you’re reading this I will assume that you have read my previous blog and wish to find out the no doubt riveting and thrilling continuation of my story. Well here’s the problem, my life has had ups and downs but nothing I would call out of the ordinary.
The media today paints Autism as either; something utterly remarkable and rare, for example Jacob Barnett, a noted Autistic individual 18 years old and having determined things Newton and Einstein had never even considered at the young age of 10, or they portray Autism as the social disability it is, with a hint of tragedy laced around the edges. I myself can say that I am of neither extreme but rather, an equalizer between the two. I perceive all the social anxieties every day whilst also noting things that people may not have perceived at all, for example micro-expressions, or pattern recognition that a neuro-typical mind might not grasp.
Now I don’t want to put across an image of pretentiousness to any readers, so I’ll just say now that though we with Aspergers and Autism can be exceptional, it doesn’t mean we aren’t prone to mistakes. I myself have made many, and I can’t say that I’ve learnt from every single one, because another element of Aspergers is a stubbornness to remain; to fight change
In my family and social circles, I am notoriously stubborn. It is purely my nature and reflects my solidarity in decisions that I make, whether good or bad. This ranges from small things such as my 3 year old self going to a gymnastics event, deciding to neglect the activities and instead take every single plush bunny rabbit hidden in the room (there was an Easter event on) to make a nest. Needless to say if another child were to approach me I would tell them that they weren’t to touch any of them because they were mine. But my stubbornness also affected much bigger things in my life, such as my wishes against my parents to pursue things I wanted to pursue, joining a band, going to Sixth-form, moving away to university, etc. Sometimes you have to look past what can be seen as bad qualities and see the good in them, as cliche’ as that may sound. Without my voice and opinion, I would be doing things I never wanted to do, and sometimes parents may think they know what is good for their children, which more often than not they will, and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my parents, and I have no idea how I will cope living away fending for myself, but independence is a valuable thing that nobody should take away.
I will leave on that fairly satisfying close, and I will pick up part 3 when I’m up for it.