Starting from an early age, many Aspergers adults consistently feel like they have little chance of success, productivity, or joy in the real world. Negative early-life experiences that typically fall under the categories of isolation, ignorance, exclusion, or sheltering, in addition to present challenges, collectively form this delusional mental/emotional construct.
Fortunately, Aspergers adults who claim to have it hard have the power to turn the tables of their lives right-side-up and to make incredible progress as adults in both their personal and professional lives. Even though Aspergers adults usually have numerous struggles in adulthood for countless reasons, there are crucial practices they can incorporate into their daily lives to work towards success. The happiest and most successful Aspergers adults significantly understand:
- Self-awareness and how to practice it every day
- Most about Aspergers itself and how it applies to them every day
- How much love and kindness s/he receives, even at times when it does not appear evident
- Perfectionism and how to use it and to manage it
- His/her weaknesses and challenges and the fact that s/he must increase knowledge on them
- Emotional intelligence and how to work towards it
- All aspects of health and how to build and maintain it
- Time management, despite stereotypical or actual difficulties
- Useful business concepts, such as networking and official greetings
- Leadership principles and how to manage and/or guide situations in any kind of leadership role
- Communication techniques and their various contexts
- Self-advocacy: Taking control of major decisions in life
- Basic Living skills: Includes housework, money management, maintenance of home, car, etc.
- Isolation: how to positively perceive it and how to put an end to it
- Employment concepts and how its “puzzle pieces” fit together in the Aspergers individual’s life
- Spiritual/religious concepts and how to use books, teachings, sermons, church services, etc. for personal gains and for a strong relationship with God (or other figures in religion)
- (If applicable) parenting skills and how to apply them across a child’s various circumstances and stages of development
- Relationship dynamics of all kinds and how this knowledge applies to any kind of interpersonal engagement; each person, age, location, and purpose for presence has differences from situation to situation
- What makes a person physically, mentally, and socially strong and how such strategies apply to them
- Important life lessons that directly and fully resonate with them, as well as where to find them and how to learn them while blocking out false information
These are 20 of the endless lessons for adults to learn in life. No one can master it all, but Aspergers adults, like anybody else, deserves to embrace such lessons and enjoy all that their lives have to offer to them.
By Reese Eskridge
Reese Eskridge is a Production Technician with Fairville Products who is passionate about working in the sciences (biology) and wishes to take his work experiences further into the fields of Educational Neuroscience; Science Fiction; Freelance Writing; Disability Advocacy; Public Speaking; Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Aspergers101 is proud to offer the insights and perceptions of the talented Mr. Eskridge to our team of bloggers as he is a great example of living life on the spectrum to it’s fullest!
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