I work at a gym, which is a curious place for an Aspie to work. I am constantly having to go out of my comfort zone and attempt conversations with complete and total strangers.

My duties are as follows: cleaning, office work, and instructing new members on how to use the equipment. The cleaning is perfect for me because I, like most Aspies, have OCD. Some office work is like second nature to me. The filing, inputting data, and organizing are things that I enjoy. The alphabetizing and numbers are comforting to me. The public relations part of office work is unnerving. I have to be able to talk to anyone and everyone in person as well as over the phone. I have to give the right information for the questions asked. Instructing people on how to use the equipment is also difficult. These people I instruct are new to me. I haven’t had sufficient time to get to know them before I am jumping on a treadmill or elliptical and going through the steps of how to use it. I am entirely uncomfortable with having to wrap my arms around a body to measure the bust, waist, hips, arms, and legs of a person I just met.

With however uncomfortable or difficult my job is, I love it. I love the fact that I can clean to my hearts content. I love that I am the only one that files things, so no one has a chance to mess up the filing system I have set up. It calms me to clean equipment and reorganize the weights in the weight room. The repetitive nature of my job is wonderful for the nature of an Aspie. But what is it that I love most about my job? I love that the difficult parts of my job, having to do with people, is helping me to better myself. I can talk to a stranger more easily now than when I began this job 6 months ago. I have become better at coming up with conversation starters that people will most likely be able to relate to. My job is practice. It goes to show that the old saying, “Practice makes perfect” is indeed true.



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  1. Great blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!

    • I like to play it on the safe side, so I would start out unpaid to see if I can reach a broad enough audience to become successful. I would try it out to see if people actually respond and enjoy my work. As for topics, the best writers, even those of text books, write about their passion. Having and living with Asperger Syndrome, as well as helping others, is something that I’m passionate about. That’s why I write about it.


  2. Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your blog. You have some really good articles and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an e-mail if interested. Thanks!

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      Awaiting Your Response,

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