October 30, 2013

#WondrousWednesdays - Varied Interests and Autism

If you look at my cv, I have a strange mix of work and volunteer experience. It shows I've jumped around jobs a bit. It shows I've been both an employee and an entrepreneur (at the same time right now also). It shows I speak languages that aren't particularly useful to be fluent in in North America. I've travelled to 14 countries. I'm into yoga, science, teaching, helping professions - but I've also worked at UPS, danced ballet and played guitar...and drums. It's a completely random mish-mash of weirdness. 

It makes me look scattered. It makes me look like I can't focus or don't know what I want to do with myself. That's what people see when they look at my cv. That's the negativity I've internalized. 

But no more.

I've met many others like me. (Read Full Spectrum Mama's bio, for example) Our varied interests show we've tried many things. It's testament to our spirit of adventure. We have open minds. We are not scared to try, experience and maybe even fail - we don't have to be amazing at everything we do, but we've tried it to see if we like it. 

We dream big and follow them. We research and learn and embrace. We live full lives. I'm sure I've done more things before 25 than most people accomplish by 50. I'm not saying this to brag, I'm just saying this may be a product of my brain and how I think. I've been unemployed and underemployed, but overall, I seek situations out where I can follow my desires, however strange they seem.

It's an interesting dichotomy: I live with anxiety but lack fear to live life to its fullest.

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