I feel like a long-lost relative returning home; I realized just a moment ago how much I’ve missed those cute little pixies over at the Daily Post. I have had the prompt open since much earlier but am just now getting down to writing anything. So here is their query for the day:
Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?
I would say that I do have a reputation. I think everyone does, particularly if said rep could be defined by our attributes, attitudes, and reactions. If those who know me were to be asked, I suppose they would suggest that I am bookish and thoughtful; I certainly would not be known as the life of the party, since I haven’t been to one in years.
I would venture that the rep is accurate. I have completed a number of self assessments (as one who has been a psychology and counseling student is wont to do) and come up on or near the higher functioning Autism spectrum. If I were a youngster, I believe I would have been found to be somewhere near the Asperger end of the tunnel. While I can and do interact well in crowds, it’s not my preferred way to spend a day; I tend to do best emotionally when I don’t have to talk and when I am left to my own devices and when I have to be “on” for long periods of time I am grateful to come home for respite.
I suppose I didn’t think deeply about my rep until I was in my doctoral program and then again when I started writing regularly. I became concerned that my rep needed to be one that would go down well in history; I have no desire to be remembered as infamous.
And there you have it.