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30 Jan 2015, 9:55 pm

Let's tip the scales with all of the gloomy posts about having AU, and list the good things/gifts:

I'll start:

-creative



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31 Jan 2015, 7:17 pm

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31 Jan 2015, 7:30 pm

From my perspective:

- Being unbound by conventional thought.

- Remaining unswayed by sales pitches, political lies and religious double-talk.

- Obsessive focus on solving problems.

- Perceiving systems as overlapping and inter-dependent functions, instead of discrete and independent functional blocks.

- Being able to sense when something is wrong before anyone else would even care to notice.

- Appreciating silent and still environments as necessary to a joyous life.


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31 Jan 2015, 10:03 pm

spontaneous pattern detection
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01 Feb 2015, 2:23 am

muppetsruletheearth wrote:
Let's tip the scales with all of the gloomy posts about having AU, and list the good things/gifts:

I'll start:

-creative

I can definitely vouch for the creative aspect. Asperger's has definitely helped me come up with my best story ideas and song ideas.



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01 Feb 2015, 5:12 pm

- enjoying little things in life that most people don't notice.



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01 Feb 2015, 5:16 pm

Being an outsider. This is a positive as you can see society and how it really functions etc from an objective distance. Big positive, and ideal for a serious writer, many gifted novelists are outsiders, not all on the spectrum though I suspect far more are than we realise.



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16 Feb 2015, 12:42 pm

Enjoying my own company.



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16 Feb 2015, 12:51 pm

Marky9 wrote:
Enjoying my own company.


Yeah, beat me to it.



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16 Feb 2015, 12:52 pm

Marky9 wrote:
Enjoying my own company.

Yes, being content with being alone is a great thing.
aradesh wrote:
- enjoying little things in life that most people don't notice.

I like this. I do tend to get a lot of pleasure out of little things.
muppetsruletheearth wrote:
-creative

Yep. I spend a lot of time thinking and making up stories in my head, which I think makes me a better writer.

Being different from everyone else, in a good way!



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16 Feb 2015, 4:39 pm

aradesh wrote:
- enjoying little things in life that most people don't notice.


I like this too. There are many occasions where I enjoy simple things like freshly fallen snow, the full moon in a cloudless sky, or even the city lights at nighttime. Even a combination of the 3. One of my favorite moments was when I got to walk along Old Orchard Beach at night under the light of a full moon. The light shone beautiful off the ocean and wet sand.



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16 Feb 2015, 4:56 pm

Kenya wrote:
aradesh wrote:
- enjoying little things in life that most people don't notice.


I like this too. There are many occasions where I enjoy simple things like freshly fallen snow, the full moon in a cloudless sky, or even the city lights at nighttime. Even a combination of the 3. One of my favorite moments was when I got to walk along Old Orchard Beach at night under the light of a full moon. The light shone beautiful off the ocean and wet sand.

I love the sights of freshly fallen snow and city lights at night. Also, seeing water lapping against a beach.



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17 Feb 2015, 5:54 pm

I am free from the mythology that most people are locked into because of social conditioning.

I live a simple life because I don't have serious relationships, and I don't expend a lot of energy trying to climb the social ladder.

I am logical, and clear-headed.

I am free to pursue my interests because I don't have a family. I plan to use my freedom to the fullest by traveling the world and completing everything on my bucket list.

I will be financially independent when I retire because am focused on it. Most people don't think, just go with the flow until they get a lot older than I am. Going with the flow in modern America means being heavily in debt, stressed out, miserable, in bad relationships, and constantly searching. Our society is designed for corporations to exploit consumers, without thinking about the individual's welfare or the welfare of the society.

I am creative. i see things from a different perspective. This is needed in every situation.

I am humbled by knowing that I have limitations in cognition. I don't function under the illusion that I know enough and can handle things just because I am an adult. Most people are too optimistic.

No STD's, no children, and no ex-wives.

I get to be a member of wrong planet.

I can't think of any more. I know that when I was younger, I hated being different. My teenage years were a living hell and my 20's were just a little less miserable than my teenage years. Now, looking back on it, I am grateful that I didn't fall into a lot of traps that 'normal' people fall into due to their social nature. I figure most of my peers will catch up with me when they get in their 50's or 60's.



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17 Feb 2015, 10:14 pm

Being able to notice things that most people overlook.



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18 Feb 2015, 12:32 pm

Logston wrote:
Marky9 wrote:
Enjoying my own company.


Yeah, beat me to it.



Bingo.

As far as seeing things are wrong first it works both ways I see them first or last and not much inbetween


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19 Feb 2015, 6:08 am

Being "one with computers". Sometimes, i feel like i just have to lay my hand on them to know what is wrong.