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Featured Do other people with the same special interest intimate you?

Discussion in 'Obsessions and Interests' started by SchrodingersMeerkat, Dec 31, 2020.

  1. Skittlebisquit

    Skittlebisquit Dancing is exercise

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    Thats impressive, i have never been to a wildlife sanctuary that large. We have a small one near where i live, the rehabilitate wild animals for release, and provide shelter for ones that have to stay forever
     
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  2. Skittlebisquit

    Skittlebisquit Dancing is exercise

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    Are you interested in other things besides wildlife?
     
  3. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    Was lion king an influence? I liked it too.
     
  4. Owliet

    Owliet Active Member

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    Yes and no. When someone has the same interest as me, I get very excited but then deflated when it’s not as deep or as enthused as how I feel about my special obsessions. I’ve learnt that not everyone wants to talk about these things 100% of the time or as deeply as I do. And interests vary in degrees. It also goes the same for other ASD people, sometimes we’ll have similar interests but there seems to be a degree in variety to how obsessed it can go. For example, I’m obsessed with dragon age, and I love talking about it because the games are extremely special to me too and I love the lore and characters...but when I ve spoken about it with others it seems to not be as detailed as I hope. But then maybe I should just enjoy it for what it is, and not apply expectations...but talking about special interests is a balancing act.

    speaking of lion king. As a kid I was obsessed with it. Collected the merchandise, watched the movie on repeat, listened to the soundtrack so often that I knew the script and lyrics by heart ,,used to draw fan art and joined the biggest art archive of that fandom .And was extremely obsessed with lions..but that obsession mostly dwindled when I joined a lion king forum. I was going through a difficult time, I had been diagnosed with ASD and going through friendlessness, being bullied, isolated because my parents were never around due to work. I thought the forum was a good place to make friends and be around other fans. And to be accepted by people who liked what I liked without bullying me for it. Unfortunately, I made the mistake and responded to a very hurtful thread about how autism = retards and argued against it. Naturally, by saying that I had ASD I was subjected to abuse by certain members, except one who messaged me privately to say that she had it too and that she was sorry that I was being subjected to that abuse. The mods did Sweet Nothing about it and I left. They ruined it for me. I still like the movie but it’s not as with a high intensity level as it used to be. It was a pretty happy place for me to go to when I got too stressed or overwhelmed or upset...now ...not. In part because of the community. However, I’ve been part of many communities Of different interests and fandoms since then aNd it did teach me a few valued lessons.


    I’m sorry that you experienced bullying from them.
     
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  5. Owliet

    Owliet Active Member

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    I’m a history nerd although it’s mostly...currently ...ancient Egypt and pharaoh Hatshepsut...but I do have a couple of degrees in classical civilizations and archaeology. Homer’s Iliad is one of those epics that I have to credit for me liking the ancient Greek world. Although dinosaurs got me into history...

    the Iliad, odyssey that’s also attributed to homer., And also the Aeneid even if that was written for Roman propaganda..are great stories. The modern stories that have been inspired by the world building that homer created are some of my favorite works of fiction...although I’m going to pretend that the Troy tv show and film don’t exist...

    The epic poetry, the verses ..the characters..the interplay between the gods , their influence in the Trojan war. The sides they take... The death of hektor. The idea that fate, had to be abided with as an outcome of life although the nuances can be influenced.the concept of Kleos...glory works well with the epic ness theme of the poem. And the influence of warfare formations is quite helpful to look at in a historical context. Archaeologically speaking, it also influenced Schliemann to “find” the site of Troy, the death,Mask of agammemnon and more study on the “dark age” of Greece.

    Yeah, it’s a good source.
     
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  6. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    I guess in the sense that they are both mammals but aside from that they're not similar. Meerkats are in the Mongoose family. There is a lady in California who runs a place for ones that the zoo's no longer want. we used to be friends but now we're not for reasons I do not wish to discuss. I'll just move the South Africa and start my own meerkat rescue.
     
  7. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    You bet I would!
     
  8. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    If I lived in South Africa the plan would be to rehabilitate them and for them to go back in the wild anyway. There's a lady in South Africa that does that. Maybe I could work for her someday? But the ones that can no longer be returned to the wild live the house with her. She has a bond with them and they like to be with her so they don't try to escape.
     
  9. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    Exotic and wild animal veterinariary medicine.
     
  10. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    I think so. I didn't know what a meerkat was until I figured out Timon was supposed to be one. I no longer like Timon as a character (Rocket Raccoon is my new favorite fictional character... IDK I just find him very relatable.) But I still love regular real meerkats.
     
  11. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    Was that Lilymud BTW? That was the name of the form I got bullied on.
     
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  12. Owliet

    Owliet Active Member

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    Yes. Small world. Sorry that you experienced it there too.
     
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  13. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    I always liked Simba. Mufasa too.
     
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  14. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    I kinda liked them all.
     
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  15. SchrodingersMeerkat

    SchrodingersMeerkat trash mammal

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    No, not in the wild at least. But the term "meerkat" is Afrikaans for "lake cat". "meer" means lake and there is no C in the Afrikaanas language. Which is very weird since they don't live near lakes or water.
     
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    Dadamen Well-Known Member

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    I have met a guy that shares not one but FOUR of my special interests. One is minecraft, second is alpine skiing, third is soccer and fourth is meterology. My interests are maybe more common because my country has great results in soccer and alpine skiing so many people watch them on national television. We're just hosting the skiing world cup tommorow. And minecraft is also a very popular video game among teens.
     
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    FlapjackCries New Member

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    I AM IN LOVE WITH MEERKATS!!! I HAVE NEVER FOUND SOMEONE OBSESSED WITH THEM!!!

    This is mega cool!!! Sorry for shouting!!
     
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  18. Dadamen

    Dadamen Well-Known Member

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    I like them since I was 6 and seen them in ZOO. Also, gave money for them to my city ZOO. I don't think I'm obsessed with them, but I like them much. They are so cute that people often pat them and then they bite, so there is a warning sign that they bite there. Also, they are among 10 animals in the ZOO that most people give money for.
     
  19. TelegramSam

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    Yes! It turns into some sort of competition in my head as to which of us can be the most knowledgeable about [special interest], but my hardcore avoidance of new things often keeps me from learning very much about the subject at hand.

    Also, meerkats are very cool! I have an obsession with felines. Particularly snow leopards and lions.
     
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