Navigating the Maze of Different Brains


Picture this: autistic brains and typical brains are like trying to run Windows on a toaster and MacOS on a microwave. Both are trying to process the human experience, but, man, do they do it differently!

→Different But The Same←

Imagine every person’s brain as a different version of an OS—like BrainOS 1.0 all the way to BrainOS 12.7. Just like you can’t force an old iPhone to run TikTok, our brain’s OS might not handle every upgrade you throw at it.

Neuroplasticity is our brain’s App Store, where sometimes you get the cool new features and sometimes it’s “sorry, this app isn’t compatible with your device.”

One thing that prevents me from being as efficient as I’d like is that I can’t remember all the shortcuts for performing tasks quickly. Especially when writing. I need to find indent or paragraph style or italic with my mouse, click on it, then continue what I was doing.

Then, when I need to do that again, I may forget where it was last time. So I need to hunt for it again. This can be exhausting. This ability isn’t upgradable, its a disability.

Every person with autism has their own custom OS with settings that change more often than your Facebook password. One day, it’s “Chatty Cathy 2.0,” and the next, it’s “Silent Bob 3.3.” We get stuff done, but our methods might look like trying to use a cheese grater to peel a banana—effective but confusing to others.

Feeding your current obsession/interest with knowledge is like hitting that “update now” button.

Learning new skills? That’s like downloading a plugin that makes everything run smoother. At first, it’s glitchy, but soon you’re navigating social interactions like you’ve got the latest OS on the market.

→Better Boundaries, Better Breaks←

Setting boundaries is your OS managing its resources. “Sorry, I can’t make it, I need to recharge” is the mental equivalent of your computer going into sleep mode to avoid a meltdown.

Boundaries are like your system’s antivirus software, keeping you safe from burnout and other people’s toxic malware.

Living on the edge of burnout is like having 50 browser tabs open on a 10-year-old laptop—something’s gonna crash. If you’re the self-appointed general manager of the universe, overcommitting is your kryptonite. Remember, even Superman gets tired.

→Keep It Super Simple←

Ah, the circus act of multitasking—a performance best left to octopuses and super-computers. I am neither. Many of us on the autism spectrum are master uni-taskers, focusing on one thing at a time. Multitasking for us is like trying to run Photoshop, Spotify, and a Zoom call on a watermelon—it’s not pretty.

I work best in my own space, far from distractions. Picture a programmer in a remote cave, working solo or with a small team. Each of them working as remotely as I am. For me, it’s all about minimizing distractions and maximizing focus.

Bottom line: Self-awareness is king. Think of it as the AI in your Iron Man suit—the better it understands you, the smoother things run. I’ve got this down to a fine art, like a ninja of nuance. Need help fine-tuning your OS? Let’s chat.

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