Being too direct is a very common Aspie trait. Today I want to discuss a few things including why this causes problems and how it sets up a self-reinforcing pattern. Continue reading
In my first post on this topic I spoke about how the ‘problem’ I experience with body language is that people often misinterpret my actions. In this post I wanted to talk a little bit more about what that actually looks like and how seriously damaging it can be to otherwise healthy relationships. And then, as a happy ending, I’ll tell you about the freedom I’ve felt in certain ‘autism-friendly’ spaces where all of these issues disappear completely Continue reading
Here is my recollection of a conversation I had with a close friend several years ago. I was in a great mood! I was peaceful, relaxed… euphoric actually, on the inside, as I recall. But unfortunately, that’s now what she saw Continue reading
Do you remember who taught you how to smile? Who told you that you should clench your fists when you’re angry? Or jump up and down when you’re excited?
You’ve probably heard the stereotype that people with Aspergers aren’t good at body language. Today I want to flip that completely… Continue reading
Normally I’m the one who accidentally breaks things. Normally I’m the one who manages to find the ‘wrong’ way to do something even when everyone else is convinced that there couldn’t possibly be any way to screw it up. Today was the opposite. Continue reading
Driving home I was at the end of my rope. I’d HAD IT with the world! I was completely over it all. I wanted to just give up now, collapse right here, and never get up again…. pretty extreme stuff… Continue reading
AWEgust for AWEtism is a month-long campaign run by the I CAN Network which raises funds to support peer to peer mentoring in high schools. It aims to bring out the AWE in AWEtism by encouraging us to take on a personal challenge and move past the self-limiting beliefs that hold us back.
Last year for AWEgust I shaved my head live on camera – leaving behind the dreadlocks that had been my safety blanket for nearly 15 years. This year my new challenge is to run a half-marathon. This is another seemingly ridiculous goal that I never thought I would be able to do… Continue reading
When I first shared with some close friends that my next blog entry was going to be called “Rejection is the story of my life” a common reaction was something like:
“Is that really true? I mean, you have friends. People care about you. I’m sure you often feel rejected but is it really your defining experience?”
Well actually, if I had to name the defining Aspergers experience, rejection might very well be at the top of the list. Continue reading
So I’ve been a bit quiet recently, but hopefully will get back in to writing more in the coming weeks.
In the mean time, here is an article I wrote recently as a guest piece entitled
“A GOOD KIND OF DIFFERENT”