Life has a very interesting way of turning out. Sometimes it feels like there's absolutely nothing wrong, but at other times it's like the cold heart of the jerk your ex-girlfriend dates. But the ups and downs life offers are just guiding arrows. Life itself is the teacher. The only way to learn from life is to live it.
Now that I have your attention, allow me to tell you about the ups and downs of my life, and what I've learned from life through them.
I was disgnosed with Asperger's syndrome when I was 7 years old. For those of you who don't know what Asperger's syndrome is, in a nutshell, it's a psychological condition that can be good or bad. In my case, it's half of both.
Some might call my sense of humor "weird" or "different", but I call it unique. Then again, "unique" is more or less synonymous to "different". I have a sense of sarcasm which some people, including my own mother, don't understand.
While my unique sense of humor is the good thing about my Asperger, the bad thing is my shyness. And I hate it in myself. Because of my shyness, I don't have too many "real" friends, and therefore I don't have a girlfriend either. Then again, I'm not currently too keen on getting into a serious relationship. I'll just enjoy single life as long as I can. But back on the friend topic. I do have a few friends, but only one of them lives relatively close to me, and I usually meet with him on weekends. And my BFF lives about 250 miles away, but we chat almost daily.
I believe it goes without saying that I was bullied in elementary. Even if most of the bullying was (thankfully) verbal and not physical, it was still a living hell. I'm not sure if it was the bullying that made me somewhat of a bully myself, but I am sure that either way it wasn't fun at all. I'm not kidding when I say I hit a girl once. I don't know what I was thinking, now that I recall it years later.
As for the better things that have happened to me, I am glad that I made a friend that truly cares for me, just as I care for him. (I'm not going to mention his name, though.) He stood by me the few times I was down, but mostly I was the one who stood by him when he went through a series of unfortunate events. We have shared many great moments together, not a single one less great than the other.
And what I've learned over the years is that life has a very interesting way of turning out. The ups and downs life offers are just guiding arrows. Life itself is the teacher. The only way to learn from life is to live it.