Living With Asperger’s: Obsession

Anyone have a hobby?  Most people do.  Ever people so obsessed with a hobby that it jeopardizes your studies?  Your job? Your relationship.

Most Aspies know this all to well and I am no exception.  I usually don’t have much to say but if you start a conversation with me about whatever my interest is at the time, you might not get me to shut up.

Obsessions can last a long time and they can become all-consuming.   Thankfully, these days I have people to answer to and people who depend on me to get up everyday and take care of them.  I have been able to regulate myself to get back on track whenver I start to lose focus on whats important for too long.

Here’s my personal recollection of my topics of interest from childhood until now.

Age 3-9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers :   I know it’s normal for kids to have a favorite show but this lasted for many years and I had hundreds of toys that I would line up and bring everywhere with me.

Age 9  Dinosaurs : I don’t know what triggered this but I would copy text from every book and encyclopedia  I could find into compositions books…dozens of them.  The internet was not a thing back then and I would sit and study each page.  Memorizing every pronunciation, every detail of each species.

Age 10  Football Cards :  I would beg my mother to take me to the local card shop and drop big bucks on packs of football cards.  Certain players or card styles appealed to me.   I still remember my favorite year and company.  Score 1996.   I would study the stats on the back of the cards.  Fascinated by the numbers and what they all meant.

Age 11 Sharks :  Same as Dinosaurs.

Age 13 Pokemon Cards : I have no shame in admitting it.  It was a little past my age group.  But that’s a common trait in people on the spectrum.  They are overly mature in some areas and overly immature in others.

Age 15-16  Wrestling :  By this time I was working and my hard-earned money was spent on wrestling VHS. My off hours were spent watching and analyzing the various matches.

Age 21 – when I stopped becoming and just and employee and started my career in management, when the results became “my results” and whole new oppression began.  I have fought workaholism for the better part of ten years. Frequently blurring the lines between “driven” and “crazed” when it comes to my performance.

 

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Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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