Not a surprise, being such a commonly occurring letter. But, as well as favouring me in the game of Red Letters, 'a' features in the names of significant people & every company I've ever worked for (pubs & clubs aside), it leads the way in the addresses of homes that have kept me safe & in subjects of special interest.
One of the most significant of these is autism which arrived announced into our family some 28 months ago (from the date of starting this blog). Attempting to make itself known to us for years, in ever more pronounced ways, autism eventually ambushed our lives one memorable May day in 2014. Out of necessity I've acquired an awareness & understanding of autism, a condition previously alien to me. It's fascinating, awe inspiring & challenging. I've met new levels of bravery, courage, anxiety, anger, ambition ... the list goes on. I'm hungry to learn more & I'm passionate about broadening understanding & acceptance.
An Affinity with A will help, I hope.
As will my own diagnosis.
Almost inevitable, but revealing I knew ... know ... more about autism than I realised, I received my diagnosis at The Lorna Wing Centre for Autism in September 2017. I'm reluctant to reveal at what age but will describe it as the very early part of the second half century of my life ~ which I hope will be long because with diagnosis comes a feeling of, & a need for, new beginnings ... for living a life meant for the autistic me rather than someone else's idea of me.
This all said: we are ~ I am ~ more than all about the 'a' word alone. Other 'a' words contribute to my being & politely ask for attention, hence An Affinity with A.
This blog will allow me to indulge in all the 'a' words that are important to me, to collate & share in one place relevant &, I hope, interesting content. And perhaps I'll flirt with 'b' again, maybe even 'c' & 'd' on occasion, as an aside. I hope my posts will appeal to any likeminded visitor ambling by.
Let me know.
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