Who am I?
A good question. I’m not entirely sure, which is one of the reasons for starting this blog. I have always been considered by people who don’t know me well (and some who do know me well) as being “a bit different”, “odd” or “quirky” and socially naive. I’ve always has problems relating to others, but it was only when I reached the age of sixty that I learnt of the probable reason. It was then that I was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
As my only understanding of autism at that time was from Dustin Hoffman’s character in the movie Rainman, I was appalled by the diagnosis, but as I have learnt more about what being on the spectrum really means, it feels like I am finally putting together the pieces of the jigsaw that make me who I am. Today, I am comfortable enough to acknowledge that I am an aspie.
While I’m intending to remain relatively anonymous, I’m not bothered too much that some who may happen to stumble across the blog may recognise me. Those that are important to me already know me better that I do, so are unlikely to be surprised by anything I post here. For anyone else that may make the connection between the person who inhabits this blog and my public persona: if it bothers you, tough bikkies.
So Who am I? I’m a Pakeha male born in the late 1940’s. I attended three primary schools and two secondary schools as my father’s job necessitated moving to a new area with each promotion. I worked for the same multinational for over thirty years in a customer support role until health issues forced an early retirement at the age of fifty. No doubt I will reveal more about myself in my blog posts.