I might be different, but I like the way I see the world.
1. Being “normal” is hard work.
I found out I had Asperger’s syndrome (a type of autism) when I was 15 years old. Because of my Asperger’s, I didn’t develop the same way as my peers. When my classmates learnt how to socialise and communicate, I struggled to relate to the world around me.
I tried to keep my Asperger’s hidden. I spent years trying to study the “rules” of communication and I obsessed over learning how to be “normal”. I developed flow charts and diagrams. I basically analysed other people’s behaviour as if I was a behavioural psychologist.
I don’t think many people realise how much effort, energy, and dedication goes into me wanting to appear normal.