I have been looking at where my career path is pointed lately, as I mentioned a few posts ago. It has opened up to some other potential options. I am actually at a good place with it all. And I knew with some distance that this would happen.
I was at a home visit last week. I am a Social Worker, that is what I do- go to people’s homes. Anyway, I was meeting with a man who happened to have Asperger’s. For those that don’t know, this is a highly functioning form of Autism. It generally has more to do with social functioning. There are amazing people in this world that were diagnosed with Asperger’s. The creator of Pokemon is a person with Asperger’s. I have a friend who was diagnosed with Asperger’s and he totally rocks! [B- you know that I love you!]
Anyway, back to my story. The man who I was seeing was explaining to me that his brain was intellectual and analytical but not emotional. And in talking more to him, that was very evident. He was fascinating. He had an interest in the weather. And I learned a lot in the short time that I got to spend with him.
He was telling me a story about something what he observed at a university library. He explained that there was a group of women talking at a table and he noticed that one of the women was very visibly upset. He told me that he interrupted the group, after overhearing some of their conversation. He offered asked the upset girl if she was emotional about the situation that she was dealing with. And she replied that she was. He then offered some advice “Perhaps, let the emotions settle. Then think about the situation.”
To me, those were very profound words. And the timing was incredible. Emotions are incredible things but sometimes it can cloud your views.
These are the moments that I love my job! I love the unique, colorful, eccentric mix of people who I meet and the unexpected wisdom that I can take away from them. And to think that they think I am there to help them!