My Next Personal Challenge – Half Marathon for AWEgust for AWEtism

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

Rejection is the story of my life: “What’s wrong with you?”

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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

How Are You?

In Australia this is such a common greeting. Hey, how’s it going? How’s things? Most of the time the socially acceptable reply is… “good”. Most of the time conforming to this little ritual is not a problem for me. It feels natural, simple and effortless. It’s the times when I cannot honestly answer ‘good’ that things get tricky. Continue reading