Monday, August 15, 2011

Foreward

Hello. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Sam, and I have Asperger's.

I don't know what those three words mean to you. For me, they can be a sight for sore eyes - giving me the feeling that I can connect with this charming guy who's talking. But that's my (somewhat biased) perspective, and one thing I've had to learn in my life is that other people will not see things the way I see them.

Our pasts define how we view everything, allowing us to compartmentalize the meanings and implications of names, phrases, and looks. It's a possibly evolutionary feature that allows us to survive in the real world - but survival, unfortunately, is often cares little for the survival of others. The sins of the first impressions are visited upon the second, third and fourth impressions, and without conscious intervention our minds will show no mercy in judging those we meet.

So I'm going to ask one thing of you - to make a conscious intervention. No matter what your reaction was to those three words, I want you to set it aside and give me my chance to tell you what those three words mean to me (obviously, my opinion is not the final word, and I'd love to hear what those three words mean to you). I can't guarantee that I speak for all with Asperger's - in fact, I can guarantee that I do not - but I hope that my experiences in high-functioning autism can apply to people affected by all levels of Asperger's and autism.

In this blog, I plan to explain my understanding of Asperger's through example. After all, it is something that impacts my everyday life, and I can think of no better way to help others see all the fine points of Asperger's than to explain my experiences. I hope you will not find my experiences dull; my adventures are rather low-key in nature. I don't sneak out, I don't go to many parties, I've never done drugs, etc. During the school year I essentially go to school at around 7 in the morning, get home around 3 in the afternoon (unless I'm involved in a play), and procrastinate. If you only read exciting things like Harry Potter, I might not recommend this to you. If you read things like Twilight, however, then this blog may be slightly less boring.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading my blog, and can learn from it. I'll try to update it on a quasi-regular basis, but no promises. I tend to procrastinate on these kinds of things. After all, I have Asperger's.

8 comments:

  1. Sam, I am so excited about this new venture of yours. I will be following you and hope you write often.
    Congratulations and welcome to blog world!

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  2. "The sins of the first impressions are visited upon the second, third and fourth impressions, and without conscious intervention our minds will show no mercy in judging those we meet."
    So freaking wise, Sam! And completely true. So excited for more blogs.

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  3. I am so proud of you, Sam. Have FUN in your senior year. I'll keep reading your blog and learning from you as I use to do. Love, Dr. Barbara

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  4. " If you only read exciting things like Harry Potter, I might not recommend this to you. If you read things like Twilight, however, then this blog may be slightly less boring." - you have no idea how much that made me laugh.

    Looking forward to reading your other posts-- hope you don't mind me hanging around here. :)

    -Olivia

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  5. Sam, I was recently given a link to your blog from someone on Facebook I barely know. My son who is now 8 was just diagnosed with Asperger's about 4 weeks ago. He is an amazing boy, who brings a smile to everyone who has come into his life. Even after the diagnosis I do not see him as different, I see him as his own person, seeing the world through gentle, loving, curious, kind eyes. He is my inspiration! I am still learning & still trying to understand as well. I have not met anyone that doesn't use words that are technical, that I can understand or can truly give me insight into how he feels. I want to thank you for your blog, as your words have truly touched my heart. I will be following it as you add to it :)

    ~Crisinda

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  6. Dear Sam, we've never met obviously I also have aspergers I stumbled on ur blog this morning and I am amazed I want to commend u for having the courage to put this on the worldwide net I cant tell u how much I think this sorta thing will help people like us after all what could help more than being able to contact others who know exactly what it's like I say that loosely because I know aspergers does not remove our individuality but I just wanted to say hello I'm here and I started my blog because I was terribly lonely and wanted to find others with aspergers I however did not have the courage to announce my gift from my creater to the world I basically said hey world I'm lonely seriously tho bravo and please feel free to contact me if u feel like it I'm on Facebook I have a cellphone I'm often bored and plz take the time to read what's on my blog there isn't much because I erased entries from earlier darker days I'm eighteen a senior in high school I'm in Minnesota but I lived in bay springs and picayune Mississippi until I was thirteen and really anyone reading this I just want to say that when u live in a world where u didn't get the manual for making friends and u feel so alone and school can b he// it's always good to know I'm not the only one and one last thing my dad also has aspergers and we are insanely similar. Umm what to say now? Writers block and I think I typed too much sorry if this was long and boring sincerely Phillip Taylor Cockrell

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  7. Ps I have also read twilight in case anyone is wondering I'm also a bit of a book addict I will admit I have read a book while riding a bicycle in the oncoming lane no I didn't get hurt

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