It’s difficult to see the benefits of being autistic when it’s the accumulation of negatives overtime that make life so difficult and tiring. People often write about our strengths, and I suppose they mean well. However, when I was very young, I had this crazy idea that I’d work hard, go to university, get married, have kids, have lots of friends and enjoy a wonderful career. It never happened. Autism got in the way.
So none of those came your way? While I am not autistic, the world never seems to talk about hypersensitive people. Maybe, some are just cursed/blessed with ‘more’?
Thanks for the comment. Many did come my way, however as I mentioned it’s “difficult” to recognize them – they can be forgotten while I face challenges and pitfalls. I admit I’m a pessimist (several autistic people tend to be) and often I don’t recognize my own talents, skills and accomplishments until someone else reminds me. It’s actually really unfortunate and at times it leaves me feeling disregarded, unappreciated and lacking confidence – when it’s all just in my head! This is how my mind works and I’ve had to manage as best as I can. I agree it can be both a curse and a blessing. I will be doing a future blog on the positives and negatives of my autism – and the features that fall into both categories.
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Looking at both sides would be a very interesting read!
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