This was the first post I ever wrote back in August 2004. I barely knew what a blog was then. I was to learn. Blogging platforms weren’t what they are now. For tech-challenged people like me it was hell. But blogging was heaven.
Except that it began to take all my time after I found an audience. A group political blog was formed around my writing. I had never had problems communicating with other people. Least I didn’t think I had. But the endless rounds of emails (yes emails back then) overwhelmed me and I found I couldn’t communicate very well with people who weren’t writers.
I found myself taking two journeys at the same time. Maybe three if I count a drastic move from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Coastal South Carolina. I really should count it as I had to forge a new life.
I made the move to South Carolina in part because I found out that the difficulty communicating was due to a largely unknown disability nonverbal learning disorder.
I embraced it. I hated it. I couldn’t find one damn therapist in New York who knew anything about NLD and could help me adjust.
I read the very little literature on adult nonverbal learning disorder (NLD) and said: “This person is the opposite of me; though we share some characteristics. I have done much with my life.”
This part of the journey was difficult. People with NLD are generally disorganized and have trouble seeing the big picture. There’s so much more. I have an overwhelming need to learn. To understand who I am in relation to the world. I found Facebook groups and they helped.
But I spent too much time on Facebook and not enough working toward my goal. I rationalized it. I’m very good at that. But for all I know I might have lost the prize in the cracker jack box—or much more.
I did what any blogger would do and blogged about NLD. I was fortunate enough to be asked to blog for Psychology Today where I have a blog, Odd Girl In, that I don’t seem to be able to link to but there’s a button on the sidebar that will take you to the blog,
If you’ve never read either of my blogs or began sometime after 2004 I invite you to explore my blogs through the links here.
If you want to read research on NLD these blogs aren’t the place. This blog is more story–oriented; the other is more explanatory.
I hope you enjoy them.