One of the things that I get sometimes when people find out that I have Asperger's Syndrome is they all want to know what is my special gift. I guess this is a ligament inquiry because after all, many people how have been featured on television or movie that are autistic seem to all exhibit some form of talent that most people don't have. Not only do people inquiry about the talent, but how intelligent are you when it comes to these attributes?
Some great examples of people with these talents like Dr. Temple Grandin who was revolutionary with her treatment of cattle, Albert Einstein of course developed the equation of E=MC2 and John Elder Robison has the special ability to modify amplifiers, rebuild cars and several other mechanical feats that few people can do. There are even others who can look at a city's skyline and then sit down in a studio with no picture in hand and then redraw the skyline to the last detail. I think you can see his talent on YouTube.
I guess one of the things that plague me is what my talent might be. Growing up, I always thought my talent was in art and for all intents and purposes I was good at drawing. Sadly, it would not be a profession that I have been able to utilize in my career. I always felt like I was a creative person and I did look to the world of writing, but I tried my hand at comic book writing and I had some great story ideas; however I needed an artist and though I had some really good artists they never seemed to pan out. Lately, I've been trying to write in a novelized format, but that's not an easy style for me. It doesn't help that I am a slow reader because I've learned that you need to be a quick reader to develop as a writer.
I think what I'm trying to get at is even though I have Asperger's and I have been tested on my IQ which is a genius level; I think there are many of us who don't have a certain 'savant' ability like many of the featured Asperger people in our society. Even my twin daughters who have Asperger's don't have a particular ability over another, but yet they also have a genius IQ level like me. In some way, I wish I can sit here and tell you that I have an amazing power of...whatever...but truly I would just be lying to you. I've always been told that when you meet someone with Asperger's then you have met one person with Asperger's because even though we have the diagnoses, it doesn't mean we are all alike. Not all of us can be Einstein’s!
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