Before I go any further, I should probably tell some of you that Neurodivergence means is that we don’t think or perceive the world as “normal” people do. Our brains are just wired differently than most. But, then again, what is “normal”, really? Being a neurodivergent person, normal, or neurotypical, is being like most other people. Why would I want to be like everyone else? Don’t all of us have our own unique ambitions and abilities in life. Being just like everyone else just doesn’t appeal to me.
I know that being different when you are uncertain about who you are, can be very frustrating, especially when you are trying to be part of the in-crowd, as most teenagers seem to want. Being different can be stigmatizing. Then again, sometimes we just don’t realize how many of us who think differently are out there.
Eventually, most of us come to realize the being different is often actually an asset rather than a liability. It allows us to solve problems that are practically unsolvable for those poor souls in the neurotypical world. If we are lucky, we eventually realize that we are not the only ones who think as we do. There are a lot more of us out there after all.
One of the advantages of social media is that it is now easier to find those others similar to us. One of those sites that facilitate that is the Medium. If you let it, Neurodivergence almost seems like the normal on that site. One of the neurodivergent people I recently read there is Vi La Bianca. Here is what she wrote on a recent post that got my attention
In the last decade or so, there have been some dramatic changes in society related to the understanding of those who are outside the mainstream. Neurodivergents are becoming stars in many popular TV shows. The Good Doctor is a perfect example. It highlights how those of us with Asperger’s can contribute way beyond a “normal” person. Yes, we may frequently act differently, but our abilities are often extraordinary.
The workplace is finally coming to realize that neurodivergents are assets to most businesses, and they are actually seeking us out. I was fortunate enough to have worked for an organization for thirty years that valued my unique gifts. Those gifts ended up saving the corporation many times my salary/pension costs them.
In the coming years, I can see massive social change to the perceptions of neurodivergents and how valuable we are.
I will close out this post with some other words from medium post as cited above.
This list describes perfectly why I post about my Aspie traits. I want to share my story so people know they are not alone. I share my stories to make those who are not fortunate enough to be neurodivergents, to understand what we Asspies have to give to the world.