Whom do you know has a problem with pushing themselves beyond what you think you can handle? Whom do you know wants to give 100% (and sometimes even more?) to whatever they want in life, be it exercising, cooking, reading, watching TV, etc? I’ll be among the first to raise my hand on that, since I’m guilty of being in that situation. I have a tendency to push myself to extremes, just like Billy Joel’s classic song.
To them, including myself, I say to you this simple piece of advice: just relax and be yourself, but I guess I do so partly due to having to compensate for my autism, part of the mask I daily wear. The closest character that I feel a connection to on that front is Toph Bei Fong from Aang: The Last Airbender. Even thought she proves herself as a great Earthbender to Aang, Katara and Sokka, her parents only see her disability as a setback and have her only learning the basics, it feels condescending to her, especially considering what we learn about how she learned what she knows.
In my life, I have a tendency to notice things people might miss, like certain details, certain sounds that people might pass as normal that could lead to problems if not dealt with. I also have a keen eye for details. A trade off of that I know I need to work on time management, which I’m well aware of. That said, I’m willing to work on it and all my faults in order to be a better person in the long time.
It’s the same for all of us, I’m sure we all have things we need to work on,m; those faults that some might feel are annoying, weird or even odd. We don’t ask for much, though, all we ask is for accommodations for us, empathy for our quirks, compassion and understanding for us who need it in order for us all to grow, thrive and….