Q & A: What do you think you’d be like if you were stripped of your mental and genetic disorders?

I thought I’d be a rocket scientist or maybe a ballet dancer. Heck, maybe both (my cousin is just that – a rocket scientist and member of a national ballet, no joke). Instead I have Asperger’s Syndrome along with Degenerative Disc Disease. I’ve often wondered what life might be like had I lived as I expected when I was a kid. In truth, while I don’t enjoy suffering through all this crap, I’ve no desire to be “normal”. I think the best way to learn empathy and compassion is to first be stripped of everything you take for granted. Learn what it’s like to land at the bottom. See how the system treats people who lose everything. I was an entitled brat growing up. These days I’m really poor and in constant pain, but I like who I am a lot better than who I was.

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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