Most autistic people that I’ve come across (including in my own family) have various special interests that they’re into. I’m no different.
But I’ve learned that I have a couple of different types of special interests: those that I’m always interested in but am in no way an expert about, and those that always draw my attention no matter what.
This second category, whenever I see anything in it, I go, “Ooo,” and am often compelled to stop what I’m doing and study whatever it is. Sometimes I do deep dives in it. Thus either know a lot of facts about it or I just absorb it at every opportunity.
The first category I find interesting and enjoy spending time with, but am not always compelled to stop what I’m doing and pay attention to. Though I usually do. It’s just a less visceral reaction.
Some of my regular special interests include:
- Crafts, especially sewing, crochet, needlework
- Astronomy and space-related stuff
- Art in styles I like
- Mail/stamps/postal related things
- Residential architecture
Some of my REALLY special interests include:
- Jane Austen’s novels and some of the movie/miniseries adaptations
- Genealogy and my family history
- American history (especially social history)
- Residential floorplans
- Planners/organizational things/bags/containers
- Meteorology and clouds
I’ve had other special interests over the years that come and go. One early special interest that bordered on obsession (though I had very little to go on other than MTV because the internet didn’t exist yet) was Duran Duran. When I was 10-11, they were my biggest special interest. My love of Duran Duran was instrumental to us getting our first VCR (that I paid for half of, because I was a good saver).
But I digress.
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