Christmas, to borrow a film quote, is “a time to be thankful”, a time to be “grateful”; I completely agree. Therefore, from my perspective as a female with Aspergers, I thought that I would share with you nine things that I’m grateful for this Christmas-and over the course of this year.
Being a JDF Recipent.
The Journalism Diversity Fund is a bursary fund that allows people to do an NCTJ (National Council For The Training Of Journalists) diploma qualification. I had initially been reluctant to apply-after all, Aspergers is not diverse! Diversity is based on ethnicity. That was my line of thinking. But I was wrong. And I am grateful that this bursary has allowed me to do this course.
My first love in life is books-and is often my favourite activity, particularly if I feel overwhelmed due to sensory complaints. The authors behind these articles are the people who interest me most of all-and the often have a very interesting life, and therefore story, to tell. And some have allowed me to interview them! I’d like to single out Rowan Coleman and Helen Callaghan.
My cat and dog.
It sounds really silly, doesn’t it? My cat, as I wrote a while ago, is my friend; she continually comes to my bedroom, sits on my lap to make me feel less upset, and greets me with a rather musical sound. (She doesn’t to anyone else!) My dog is also fun to be around-and is often the cause of hilarious antics.
These are my favourite type of Christmas decorations-and I am not entirely sure as to why. Anyway, I love seeing them at this time of year; they make me so happy!
The Breached is a relatively new website; the editor contacted me via Twitter to write “An introduction to Aspergers”. That’s the first time someone has asked me to write, and it was a particular favourite assignment of mine.
I started to work with more brands this year; I am grateful for every brand PR, every co-founder, who answered my emails, and agreed to work with me. After all, it’s not every day that this sort of thing happens-and it was so rewarding.
Being a columnist.
When I wrote a letter to my local county Newspaper, I did not think that anyone would take the time to respond, let alone take me on. But I thought, “You have nothing to loose!” So, I wrote a letter. a more than a year later, I am still an online Columnist. You can see them here.
One particular teacher
To have a teacher who understands your additional learning needs is, although sometimes a rarity, incredible. This teacher did not make fun of me, helped me with essays, and indulged my interest-and lots of questions about-in American politics. You can read my open letter to them here.
Christmas Trees and lights
I study in Brighton up to three times a week; similarly, the local town I live near by is “my stomping ground”. But these places are so beautiful at this time of year-there are Christmas trees in windows, lights above and around shops.
What are you grateful for this Christmas?