Last November I got my diagnosis of asd. Largely this has helped me. I don’t put myself under so much pressure, I understand myself etc. However, one thing I do feel like is that there is no hope for me to do anything with my life. I don’t have to work, my husband earns enough and is happy to support me and I do have kids at primary school. I just had hoped for more! I think I probably should be grateful for what I have but I’d always thought I’d work, or do something useful and I feel like I will never be able to. Does anyone else feel like me? Do I just sit and let life happen? It all feels pretty grim!
No, of course you don’t need to do that.
Being financially secure takes away the pressure to work, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything.
I’m aspie and I’ve managed to get through a career by masking, acting and just gritting my teeth when utterly miserable & stressed. I can retire soon and I intend to set up a little company making craft foods. It doesn’t have to support me so I can focus on doing something I love without the pressure for it to keep me.
You have that freedom 30 years sooner. You can volunteer for a charity, God knows there are enough people who need help, or train to teach remedial maths to primary children or learn a craft or do whatever makes best use of your talents.
Try a few things until you find one you really enjoy.
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