My journey towards taking off the masks

It has been such a long journey just to get here.

I believe I’m worth it.

I know I could have set up my blog site within a time-frame much closer to that which was suggested – but it’s actually taken two days to be ready to write my first post.

Why? Basically, because I’m autistic. Well not precisely because I’m autistic per se, but because:

  • I find it difficult to follow instructions, written or verbal, and had to keep going back to see where I was supposed to be headed. I went through the online guides, printed some out (I now have a specific folder set up), and at one point had so many tabs open that I ‘couldn’t see the woods for the trees’.
  • I have a short-term memory problem so that within minutes of finding out how to do something to my site I’d forgotten and had to trawl through all my options again. My long-term memory is very good (photographic, some people have commented) but that’s not much use when I’m attempting something within a short space of time.
  • I’m also extremely easily distracted – by sounds, movement, smells, light, change in temperature – all of which can send me ‘off task’. Added to this I may suddenly remember something that has to be done. I may be able to make a note of it (I’ve got 3 pieces of paper and a notebook on my desk right now, all with lists or ideas) but other times I just have to do it.

So, now I’m ready to go with it. And I hope that you’ll enjoy what I share and want to follow my posts and join me as my journey continues.

Being creative is the mainstay of my life, and poetry, prose, and photography is where I express my deepest emotions. I also enjoy the challenge of design and create jewellery, fabric bags, and garments and home items in yarn. Diagnosed with ASD at the age of 68 after fifty years in and out of the mental health system, I now aim to explore and share my experiences over these years. Apart from blogs and short articles I'll share my life in my verse and images.

2 thoughts on “My journey towards taking off the masks

  1. You’re doing well so far. I began writing because I felt I should exercise my brain in retirement (sudoku and similar puzzles only exercise the number side of the brain, not the language side) and also because I found myself losing the word I want more frequently. (I always have, I think, but it’s certainly got worse).
    I can’t say my word-memory has improved: I still fumble around in the pea-soup of my brain for the word I know is there somewhere… but now I use online thesauruses a lot (or should that be thesauri?). Maybe if I can’t find the word I think exists I should make it up?
    We find strategies to get around things our brains struggle with, especially if we work at it. You will too. Good luck.

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