I took it home, read it. Upon reading the diagnostic criteria I was fairly convinced I was Aspie. I Googled a bit more which seemed to confirm my suspicions. Funnily enough I'd seen counsellors and shrinks on and off for many years, yet when it came to this I basically had to figure it out for myself! It's amazing how people go undiagnosed for years, especially females.
I trotted back to yet another shrink to receive the official 'diagnonsense'. This involved answering a gazillion questions. She then saw my mum also and asked her a gazillion questions.
I suppose I could waste a lot of energy wondering if it would have made any difference knowing 30 years ago. It doesn't really matter. That time is over. What matters is I know now. So I have to stop being so hard on myself and accept the way I am. Not make comparisons with outgoing NT people. NT means Neuro Typical, in other words those people without Aspergers. I'll nick the term Nypical and use that, I think. Still working on that to be perfectly honest. It's something I have to keep on reminding myself on a day to day basis.
It also turns out that I am in very good company. Famous people in history who are believed to possibly be Aspie include Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh and Wolfgang Amedeus Mozzart. So clearly I too am a genius. I have absolutely no idea what my genius like talent is, but any day now I'm sure it will become obvious. I hope. Maybe. Soon. Hmmm..oh well. Sigh.
Very useful indeed. I can helpfully remember the words to every single Carpenters song, yet I can't remember where I put my keys or glasses five minutes ago. Handy.
This obsession has also enabled me to participate in some intense forum discussions on karencarpenter.com on truly important issues such as the shape of Karen Carpenter's eyebrows and the relative benefits of Goofus vs Beechwood 45789.
For the record, Beechwood is pure GOLD, I'm telling you, and that critic who said that if the Carpenters were going to record drek like that they should have gotten unlisted numbers, is a very nasty man indeed. Hmph.
After all they are the duo responsible for voicing THE most important question of the 20th Century : Why do birds suddenly appear, everytime you are near?
I'm also completely useless at anything involving organisational skills due to impaired executive function. This is a psychological term which refers to organisational and planning abilites, working memory and other complicated stuff that frankly I can't remember. See?
At least that's now my excuse, so I'm sticking to it. I'd always felt that part of my brain was somehow missing, (the part that should be logical and organised) yet to try to describe this to anyone would just sound like I was making an elaborate excuse for being lazy. Imagine my relief to find it was not a figment of my imagination after all but a real part of my Ass Burgers.
In finishing,I would like to list these affirmations for Aspie's written by author Lianne Holliday Willey that I like to remind myself:
- I am not defective, I am different
- I will not sacrifice my self worth for peer acceptance
- I am a good and interesting person
- I will take pride in myself
- I am capable of getting along with society
- I will ask for help when I need it
- I am a person who is worthy of others' respect and acceptance
- I will find a career interest that is well suited to my abilities and interests (I'm not sure how this one works for me, don't expect there are many job vacancies for a Carpenters obsessed nut)
- I will be patient with those who need time to understand me.
- I am never going to give up on myself.
- I will accept myself for who I am.
Linking up with The Lounge over at Musings Of The Misguided.
*Tries to think of a leading, thought provoking question to ask at the end of the post...and comes up with...NOTHING.* Oops. Um, why DO birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
What? Not a great question? Look, if it was good enough for Karen, it's good for me, okay? HMPH.