Sunday, 31 March 2013

Entry 1


Entry 1

When asked "How are you?", the reply "I'm fine" is inadequate. It is necessary to return the question.

Dear Internet,

What can I say? I just didn't get it. To be quite frankly honest, sometimes I still don't get it. I'm a very direct person by nature and I don't tend to elaborate on my point. Nothing is more irritating to me than mindless chatter. So it took a while for me to realise that not everyone feels the way that I do - an idea that I'm still trying to adapt to.

I suppose it's one of those things that we're expected to do for no good reason. I mean, it's polite to ask someone how they are, despite the fact that I don't actually want to know how you are. Is that rude? I'll ask if I want to know. I'm not even sure that it matters seeing as, here in England at least, the only replies you will get are "good" or "fine", even if they're untrue. Any other reply is very unusual. So why ask if the answer is almost always the same?

Keeping up with societal expectations can be mentally draining, but at the end of the day the physical effort it takes is little to none. It doesn't hurt to ask a question and nod politely at the answer, whether we want to hear it or not. I do still quite often forget to return the question but I try to make a conscious effort to remember and that's really all I can do.

From Sarah.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Hullo!

Dear Internet,

I'm Sarah. I'm 18 and I live in Berkshire, England. I shouldn't really specify the town, but I'm about half an hour's train journey from London. Just for those of you who are not familiar with our fair Britannia. I can't exactly remember the day that I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. It was September, officially. But unofficially it was nearer the beginning of the summer. I can't say it was much of a shock, although I didn't actually know what it was. I'd heard it mentioned, of course, but I didn't know much more than "it's a form of autism". High-fuctioning autism.

Anyway, enough of that. This isn't really a lovey-feely blog. I hate that stuff. Makes me sick. I made this blog to post the things that I learn about the world, based on a notebook that I've been keeping, "SARAH'S BOOK OF SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS, MISLEADING COMMUNICATIONS AND GENERAL ETIQUETTE". Whenever I make a mistake or I find out a new rule about how to act in public or private - mainly through the laughter of others - I write it down. And now I'm going to share it with you, dear internet.

Enjoy. I know I do /sarcasm/.

From Sarah.