Monday, January 31, 2011

Do What You Love

As people with Asperger's, we often find that when something has to do with our highly specific areas of knowledge, we're extremely good at it. Therefore, when I talked to my psychiatrist about potential careers since I'm about to graduate college, she reminded me that sticking to my interests could make me an undisputed expert in my field.

Well, my interest happens to be baseball, and I've got a gig writing about the Orioles for G9 Sports. Although I started out as a Red Sox and Mets fan, the Orioles have grown on me enough whilst I've been at college to make them my third team (although they're in the same division as the Sox, they're not very good right now, so it doesn't affect very much). My blog, which will be called Charm City Yakyuu, is going to discuss the Orioles in length, and I get to do what I love, talk about baseball. I'm even going to be posting cartoons there occasionally, as well, because I have a strong fondness for drawing baseball players. I'm not going to stop updating this blog, of course, because this is extremely important to me, too, but I just want to point out that writing for a sports network about a baseball team has officially given me a whole lot of confidence in myself. It's something I know I can handle, something I know I'm good at, and, most importantly, something I love doing and care about.

Basically, what I'm saying is that people with autism can succeed by following their dreams, just like everyone else. If anything, they're even more likely to put in all the hard work to get there because sometimes we can be so single-minded in our pursuits of our interests. And as long as we keep at it and stay determined, we can do anything we want to do. We just have to keep working and believe in ourselves. And I believe in every single one of you, too.