My name is Amirah. I first received my Asperger's diagnosis as an adult.
Growing up, I found solace in art and music. As Aspies, we know how hard it is to socialize and make friends, and there were times when I felt music was my only friend and the only thing that understood me.
Although I loved music more than anything in the world, it took me a long time to find the courage to pursue it; this was mainly due to my first piano teacher, who was abusive and convinced me I was not good enough. Many Aspies experience bullying and abuse, so I wanted to share this with you not to get your sympathy, but to let you know you are not alone, and there is nothing to be ashamed about. Abuse in any form is not acceptable, and we should never tolerate it, no matter what anyone may say.
Until recently, I had never known nor met another Aspie who was a musician. Thanks to social media, that changed. It's been exciting and gratifying for me to connect with other Aspie musicians. I find it invaluable to be able to share my struggles with those who know what it's like and, in turn, receive helpful tips directly and honestly, i.e. Aspie-style.
When I received my Asperger's diagnosis, it felt like the universe had switched on the lights after I had been crawling around in the dark my whole life; it was both a relief and a revelation. Finally, I understood who I truly was, and ever since, I've been on a journey to unmask myself. Part of that journey has led me to this: the decision to start an informal Asperger's musicians meet-up group.
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