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The Paradox of Proficiency

The Paradox of Proficiency

Navigating Intellectual Stagnation in ‘Smart Kid’ Classes The Paradox of Proficiency Picture yourself trapped in a room where the walls are adorned with complex mathematical formulas, literary quotations, and historical timelines. This isn’t a prison, but rather the milieu commonly referred to as “smart kid classes” in high school. As someone on the autism spectrum with intellectual capabilities often exceeding normative benchmarks, one would presume… Read More »The Paradox of Proficiency

The Latent Cipher

The Latent Cipher

Decoding an Autism Diagnosis in Adulthood The Latent Cipher For most, the canvas of identity is largely painted by early adulthood — a tableau of cultural, social, and psychological hues that define our self-perception. However, receiving an autism diagnosis later in life is akin to discovering a concealed undertone in this intricate artwork. Suddenly, there emerges a spectral shade that reconfigures your entire understanding of… Read More »The Latent Cipher

The Isolation Paradox

The Isolation Paradox

On Being an Outlier Within One’s Own Family The Isolation Paradox In a complex tapestry of human relationships, the one woven by family should ideally function as a sanctuary — a place where the subtleties of human understanding and acceptance act as cushioning fabric against the abrasive fibers of the world outside. However, for someone like me, who exists on the autism spectrum and carries… Read More »The Isolation Paradox

Life's a Lobster Trap: The Power of Pinching Back When You Feel Like Bait

Life’s a Lobster Trap

The Power of Pinching Back When You Feel Like Bait Life’s a Lobster Trap “Life’s a lobster trap. You might be bait, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pinch back.” It’s an unusual metaphor, but one that paints a vivid picture of life’s challenges and complexities. At first glance, the idea might seem somewhat grim—comparing life to a lobster trap doesn’t exactly exude positivity. The… Read More »Life’s a Lobster Trap

Exploring the World of Energy Healing

Exploring the World of Energy Healing

Unlocking Wellness The Transformative Power of Energy Healing Embracing the Ancient Art of Energy Healing In the quest for holistic health and well-being, energy healing emerges as a profound and ancient practice, offering pathways to healing that extend beyond the physical realm. Rooted in the belief of a universal life force, this fascinating field of natural healing invites us on a journey of discovery, balance,… Read More »Exploring the World of Energy Healing