The tightrope of life

Benjamin - Fairfield, Connecticut
Entered on May 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

An average person in the morning eats breakfast, brushes his or her teeth, gets dressed and heads out for work or school. However, for me that is not the case. I have an Autism Spectrum Disorder called Asperger Syndrome. Asperger’s impairs my motor skills and makes it difficult for me to write. Once it a while , I get really emotional and sad because Asperger’s can cause some depression-like symptoms. However, with Asperger’s comes briliance. I used to have trouble doing a lot of everyday functions that normal people can do. It used to be hard for me to pour the proper amount of milk in my cereal, to get dressed without my red Old Navy shirt backwards or inside out. My parents didn’t know what was wrong with me and took me to a bunch of different specialists. It feels as if, I saw more than 20 different doctors and specialists. Finally I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 4th grade. I am now a 10th grader. I believe that everyone will have a difficulty or an obstacle in life, and they have to overcome it. For example, I now use a laptop to take my notes because of my dysgraphia (writing disorder), which is part of the disease. I used to have no friends, whatsoever. Now I actually have a bunch, and I am proud of it. My friends and I sometimes fight, but it doesn’t really matter because I will always make new ones. I had to cross the tightrope across the pit of boiling lava and I did it successfully. I am pretty much now a normal kid. I listen to popular music, from Kanye West to Green Day, I actually have some friends who are quite popular. I am a huge fan of James Bond and love roller coasters. Once in a while, my shirt is inside out or backwards. But just remember, if that lava starts spewing up at you, just remember, there is always a way to get to the other side of the tightrope. This I believe.