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Does anyone think, in the 80s, there were mixed messages regarding drugs?
On one had there was grange hill
The 1986 cast released Grange Hill: The Album, with two singles: "Just Say No" (tying in with a character's heroin addiction) and "You Know the Teacher (Smash Head)". The album was re-released on CD on 12 November 2007,
But there was this song
Pass the Dutchie - Wikipedia
Hi. I created this thread to ask if anyone has ever lost what they had considered to be their lifelong special interest.
I was a 3D animator at one point, between the ages of 13 and 18 (I am 25 now.) The process of animating soothed me and brought me immense joy. I considered 3D animation to be my destined career.
At age 18, I moved to a big, horribly loud city with people I barely knew, and had to share a room with a boy which felt incredibly wrong, so already there's a massive change in routine which I did not handle well. Meltdowns were frequent.
At the same time, I had attempted to take a course in Animation Mentor. I passed the first course but didn't bother taking the second one because I felt none of the joy I once did. It didn't soothe me, not even if I did it has a hobby. It just felt like work.
From this point, I felt lost. I suddenly no longer had an outlet, during a time in my life when I needed one the most.
My NT daughter in law is always showing me pictures or telling me about trips and stuff of people I don't know. Because she knows how much I love the western U.S. she tells me about anyone she knows that is talking about or has taken a trip out there, will share their pictures with me and keep me posted. I'm afraid if I tell her that I really don't care I'm not sure if it'd come off rude so I just smile and let her go on. But I really, really, really don't care to hear about strangers and what they are doing. I don't care what other people are doing. No, I don't feel excitement for them like she does. She gets excited over people she don't know getting to do something fun. Why? I don't care to see pictures that some stranger has taken when I might have that same picture that I took. I'm not begrudging anyone for getting to do things they love, but does it excite me? No. I'm not the least bit interested. It actually drives me crazy because I know she is genuinely...
I'm not diagnosed yet but I suspect I have either ASD or ADD or both. I relate to both in many ways. Anyway.
Nobody knows or suspects anything although many people around me think I'm weird/naive/cloudheaded, etc..but nobody knows why.
I grew up as a good and 'smart' child. Everyone around me expected things of me because of that and because of my ease to learn things by heart and therefore get away always with medium to good grades with very little effort due to my lazyness. People and teachers always thought I'd do incredible things if I tried a bit more. I never thought I'd go to college but I did and I graduated with a degree of something I chose for the wrong reasons and which I ended up hating and working at for only 3 years before quitting because it made me wanna turn to pills.
I did several other jobs in the meantime to have an income and all of them I hated too because they were the kinds of jobs that expected all sorts of things I neither could nor wanted to give...
Some of us on the spectrum never learn to drive a motor vehicle. Some can't handle the timing, sensory processing, etc. I did learn, but it was difficult and I still struggle with it. Two qualifiers on me first I have Aspergers and am relatively high functioning. Still learning to be aware of more than what was immediately in front of me was very hard. Second, I live in the USA. We have a car culture here and learning to drive is easy and cheap compared to some other countries. For example, you don't need a professional instructor, anyone with a licence can teach
you. Most Americans learn to drive in high school in a driver's education class taught by your physical education teacher.
I'm wondering how many here either don't drive or like me learned late in life.
I have Aspergers, and as such I did not have any of the speech development issues seen in other forms of autism. I met my milestones on time, have no trouble verbally, and have even been told that I am an outstanding public speaker. However, I usually am very quiet by choice. I hoard words like they are being rationed one person told me. To people also on the Aspie end of the spectrum I'm wondering if you are the same.
I have a coworker who seems to have a personal vendetta against me. I have heard her complain about me before, but as long as it was just words, who cares.
Lately, though, her grudges for me seem to manifest in concrete actions. She has been making me jump hoops by citing company procedures that aren't imposed on other employees (eyerolling-worthy, but whatever), delaying processing my requests (annoying in its obvious passive-aggressiveness), sent me an email that was intended for me to give a "gotcha" response (I ignored the email), and just today told me she didn't want to move forward with my requests because "there's so many of them" (?!? but it is literally your job to process my requests!).
Her manager is aware that there are problems between me and the employee, but maybe not the whole story. I don't really want to bring my manager into this because I don't want it to turn into a big thing, the problem employee won't be fired and my relationship with the entire...
My husband has a fantastic ability to make ambiguous comments and then, gets angry when it is misconstrued.
This morning, he shouts from the bathroom. I see you have not mopped properly. Now, we have huge issues with our tiles in our bathroom. They are terrible for cleaning, so I said: but I did explain that no amount of mopping is moving the dirt. He angry shouts: if you would let me finish my sentence. You have toilet paper on the toilet brush. For that, it is easy to deal with. Just soak the toilet brush for an hour in bleach.
He knows I have aspergers, but refuses to state how things are and expects me to interpret him, which leads to untold miseries.
Once I had my glasses knocked off my face by a tree branch. I was walking and did not see this large tree at all. My vision is so bad without my glasses that my girlfriend had to find them for me. It wasn't like some small thing, it was a full grown TREE. And this happens all the time. I couldn't find a package of ham lunch meat in my fridge even though it was the only thing in one of the cabinets and said HAM in big letters on the package. Still took my dull brain more than a minute to register it. So annoying.
I don't know for sure, but I think this is more common in the autistic community, but I have a strong desire to have everything in its proper place. For example, on the shelf next to my bed I have my inhaler, phone (when charging), hearing aids case, watch, pill bottles, and my clock. My clothes are all folded the same way, my shirts are all hung facing the same way and arranged by color, and so on.
Similarly, I can't use a pair of potholders unless they're a matching pair.
And it's not just physical things, either. There are certain songs or albums that I only listen to at certain times (usually based on the weather). I only listen to Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" in cool, autumn or fall weather; it feels wrong to listen to it in summer.
And part of this also extends to things like not using my My Little Pony coffee mug because it's winter-themed and it's not winter yet. I'll have to wait until October and December to wear my Nightmare Before Christmas shirt. And I refuse...
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