A few weeks ago, my apartment caught fire, and not because of anything that I had done. In a few short minutes, I had grabbed my dog called the maintenance men and the fire department. I have never vacated a room so quickly. At the bequest of the dispatcher, I frantically knocked on my neighbors’ doors, yelling that there was a fire and that they needed to get out. Fortunately, I caught the fire quickly enough that I lost little in terms of possessions.
I had some difficulty getting out of my lease, but a few weeks after the fire, I moved into a new home. One with great amenities (and where all the appliances actually worked, including the fire alarm which never went off at my old place). It is a beautiful place and I am fortunate to have found such a nice place so quickly.
This experience really made me think about what I consider to be important in life, and what I am constantly thankful for. I am thankful for my family, thankful to have great friends who offered to take me in at the blink of an eye, and thankful for colleagues who helped me find a new place to live. These people have reminded me that there are good people in the world.
I am also thankful for my disability. I have noticed on some groups on Facebook that people talk a lot about how hard life with Asperger’s is. For many people, it is difficult to deal with having Asperger’s. Much like the situation with the fire in my apartment, it is easy to see how one might get the short end of the stick with Asperger’s. It’s a disorder that comes with many weaknesses. It’s also important to remember that there are many strengths that come with it. For example, I might not be able to write very quickly but I am a very fast typist. Second, I am thankful for having Asperger’s because, in many ways, it has made me the person I am today. I can understand what people like me are going through, and point them in directions that could help them. Without Asperger’s, I might not be able to do that.
So, in spite of your situation, ALWAYS be thankful for the things that you have and not the things that you do not have.