I remember as a young child my mother telling me, “Just be yourself and you’ll make friends.” Easy to say, but not so easy for a child with undiagnosed Aspergers in the 1960s. At that time science was still baffled by children with Autism and Aspergers, some experts saying the Autism was a part of Schizophrenia. However, where I lived if a child was quiet and awkward you thought of a “cute” by parents and encouraged to “talk more” (which is difficult when you are afraid of saying something stupid or just not knowing that to talk about) and made fun of by many of your peers. Life can be cruel, especially the life of a school-age child who is just “different.”
However, the Aspies and those with more severe Autism are in a sense fighting back against what is considered normal into days world. There are those who know Bill Gates and Paul Allen and say they have Aspergers aka Autism Spectrum Disorder as it is now called. Others with Aspergers or suspected as having Aspergers are: Dan Aykroyd, James Taylor and even….Vladimir Putin.
All in all, it is good to know that there are others like us who have done great things. It is okay to be different. Remember what Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”