Ever felt like an outcast? I think we’ve all been there and have struggled with something that made us feel like we didn’t fit in. There’s nothing worse than feeling like your the odd man out, or that nobody understands you. When I was younger, I felt like the biggest outcast around. I would always talk about the same few subjects on repeat and I had difficulties controlling what I say/thought.
I had problems understanding the world and people around me, while lacking a true understanding of myself. As I grew older, I was eventually diagnosed with “Asperger’s”. Asperger’s is a learning disability, while also being a much milder form of autism. Suddenly, my awkward interactions and lack of understanding on certain things made sense.
It didn’t make them go away, at least not until much later. I still struggled with finding my place in the world, or understanding the people around. My life all changed when I hit my late teens and I started to become more appreciative and understanding of the world around me.
Over time, I started to weed out some of the bad habits associated with my disability. I got better at talking to people, I started making better eye contact, and overall my interactions with other people improved. I got a job, had one of my articles published, and started up the blog you’re reading right now.
Thing is, I didn’t get that way over night. It took years of trying different things, meeting new people, and improving myself to get to where I am today. I still have a long ways to go in life, but I’ll eventually get there if I keep branching out and trying new things.
Something I’ve learned is that having Asperger’s/Autism does not automatically mean your life is over. As cheesy as it sounds, you just need to keep believing in yourself and keep improving. It took me years to break out of a lot of the bad habits associated with my disability, some of which I still have.
Regardless, I found that I was able to change my life for the better. I’ve learned that having Asperger’s can sometimes be a beneficial thing, as I often use my rich imagination to help with my writing. I feel everyone’s disability comes with an ability, and it’s important find out what that is. There’s one thing to always keep in mind: Having a learning disability isn’t a dead-end, but rather a looped path. Sure, finding your way through the path may be difficult, but you’ll eventually make it through!