David to “I Wish I didn’t have Asperger’s” #AutismPositivity2012

This was left as a comment and has been reposted here.

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Dear Friend:
I am the parent of several kids with aspergers. I saw that you blogged “I wish I didn’t have Aspergers.” This made me a little sad. I don’t know you, but I suspect that what people call “Aspergers” in you is what makes you special and what will make you a success in life. I don’t want you to give up before you find this out!

I hope you don’t mind my guessing about what makes you tick. I suspect that you have at least one great passion in your life, something that interests you so much that you would go to the ends of the earth to figure it out. Does this make you a little different? Yes. People without Aspergers divide their interests a lot of different ways. They don’t achieve the level of knowledge you have, and they don’t get the excitement you have in discovering the truth about what interests you most. Does this make you weird? No. It is what can make you a great person! Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bill Gates are considered as examples of Aspergers. Probably some of their friends thought they were weird in their time, but it didn’t stop them from following their goals until they reached them. You won’t hear a word about their friends, but you admire these people for their life achievements.

I have one son who loves trains. He can identify any kind of train when it goes by. I have another who loves studying firemen and policemen. I am glad for them, because they have a passion they follow that makes them happy! Everybody should have this.

Don’t let anybody put you down because you are not like them. Follow your dream wherever it leads you, and remember there are many people who think you are special, and will be proud of you for what you do with your life.

David

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