For me, self-acceptance is about understanding exactly who you are and accepting all of your personality traits, flaws, and mistakes, and knowing that is you. You can't be perfect, so you have to live with what you've got. It's about being okay with who you are.
I should know. I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at a very young age, and have had to manage with it. Asperger's is a developmental disorder, according to experts. I don't care what the experts say; it is not a disorder or a disability. It's a difference. People with this difference see the world in a unique way.
My distinctions started showing when I was little. I learned to read before I talked. I was drawn to letters and numbers, stopping to read signs during a walk before I was two. I never had to be taught to do basic math or writing. I knew that stuff the same way any “normal” toddler would learn to point or nod his little head.
There are trade-offs though. I had to be taught basic things that people take for granted, like pointing at objects and making eye contact. I didn't start talking until I was four. It took many hours and a lot of hard work, but I did master these skills, and I accept that I had to learn what others seemed to be born knowing how to do.
All through school, my greatest fear has always been my difference being revealed to classmates, but now I know that it's actually something to be proud of. Asperger's has made me who I am today, and I am very grateful that I was gifted with this so-called curse.
I believe that Asperger's has given me a passion for writing and creative thinking, because there's a world of thoughts and ideas inside my head, just waiting to be unleashed. Asperger's has also given me the gift of being comfortable onstage, with hundreds or even thousands of people watching me in a talent show or a school play. I never really understood why others would be nervous in those situations. Maybe the reason lies in a social cue that, due to my...