Breaking News: Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome
Have you ever started talking to someone, or to a whole audience, and got a mental blank? Have you ever wondered, "What should I talk about?" Do you ever care so much about the people around you, but feel unsure about what to say? Welcome to the world of Asperger's. A beloved celebrity has just now identified with this grey spectrum.
Susan Boyle recently revealed she has Asperger's Syndrome. Her voice surprised the world when she dreamed a dream. She was clearly a bit different. But she was putting herself out there anyway. Susan contributed to the music world against all odds.
Love or hate her music, Susan stands for something. You don't have to be pretty or rich to contribute to the world. Now, Susan is teaching the world another vital lesson. You never know what is going on in someone's head. We sometimes don't know if someone is on the Autism Spectrum or not.
Susan is living proof that AS is not a hinderance. Susan didn't give up on talking with people. She simply had to learn more rules along the way. Her life is as simple or as abundant as she decides.
Why did Susan only discover her Asperger's now? Asperger's was only formally recognised around 1994. It was unheard of during the childhoods of normal people such as this blogger.
Asperger's became more known through recent popular culture characters such as Max from Parenthood. But the depiction is too often about children or stereotypes. It exaggerates the negatives. These shows don't reveal how normal an Aspie can look. The difference lies in difficulty, not inability.
Susan may not have been exposed to as many Aspies out in the villages of the UK. A lot of parents got diagnosed when their children did. There are boxes to tick for the criteria. So adults saw the attributes in themselves after their children took the tests. But Susan did not have children. There is nothing wrong with that. But it means she didn't have that 'parent's diagnosis' which is so common.
It takes great courage to identify with a condition. Susan Boyle is being truly admirable as she tells the whole world about her quirks. Susan said, "I think people will treat me better because they will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted. What an amazing outlook. She expects to be treated better, not worse, by being open about who she is.
This is a truly encouraging news event during the Christmas season. Thank you Susan for sharing your uniqueness. Thank you Susan for encouraging us to show love towards the world regardless of differences.