Not that long ago I wrote a blog post on my special interests throughout my childhood. I’m not sure what happened, but almost all of it ceased to exist. I couldn’t fix this and I didn’t have another copy, so I just deleted what remained. I wasn’t keen on the idea of rewriting it. However, I have since decided that I’ll provide the background once again, along with some of my new interests.
My first special interest started before I can remember and lasted until I was about 12 or 13ish. Canines, the different breeds of dogs and anything I could possibly know about them, that’s what my life revolved around. The books I chose to read were almost exclusively dog focussed. The librarian told me multiple time to try a different book when I would attempt to take out a specific dog breed book each week. When we were told to write an acrostic poem about ourselves 4 of the 8 letters in my name were just about my love of dogs (the others being my hatred of jeans, love of pizza, love of stuffed animals, and less than fondeness of cats). All of my stories were about dogs or wolves. Fortunately I had two dogs at home throughout my childhood, so I wasn’t constantly begging my parents for a dog. And when I was in a household that lacked a dog I would walk dogs at the SPCA.
Eventually this interest in dogs shifted to an interest in storytelling. At about 12 I read “A Dog’s Journey” by W. Bruce Cameron for the first time (I would reread it many more times). This book sparked a love of stories beyond just stories about dogs. Well, at first it was still just dogs, but it quickly evolved into reading and writing other stories. My love of storytelling continues to this this day.
I had a couple different interests when I was 13 and then 14 on top of the interest in storytelling. First I got really obsessed with menstrual cups for whatever reason. After a few months I lost this interest. Then it was rats and I was especially interested in them for about half a year. For a while after those interests ended it was just storytelling again.
At 16 I became interested in interactive fiction. Really it falls under my interest in storytelling, but it’s the most specific interest in that more general interest. I’m still interested in interactive fiction to this day, but the interest is on and off. I get hyper focussed on it sometimes and other times I forget about it almost entirely.
Now, to my current interests. Of course there’s storytelling as I’ve already mentioned, but I’ve got a couple very new interests as well.
Firstly I’ve been really into hand crank sewing machines lately. I already had an interest in historical clothing, but not quite as intense as with the sewing machines. I’ve been watching a lot of videos on hand crank sewing machines. They just make me so happy. And I’m sure my mum would say I’ve been talking about them excessively.
And my second new special interest is the TV show “Community”. The show makes me so extremely happy! Never before have I been so into a TV show. In fact if I were rating shows with movies, then I’d rate it above almost all of my favourite movies , which says a lot. I was only introduced to it recently, but I’ve already rewatched numerous episodes. I’m especially focussed on the character Abed. He’s the only character I’ve been so attached to and just about the only character I’ve related to to this extent (the only other one being Kenma from Haikyu). It’s hard to explain my love of the show because it’s pretty new for me to be so fond of one. I’ve been trying to avoid annoying my mum too much, but I haven’t managed to avoid such entirely. She’s gotten really good at telling when I’m thinking about the show because it makes me look really happy (as well as feel really happy). It’s really brightened my mood in this current situation.
You could also kind of label autism as a special interest. Since I realized that I’m autistic I’ve been consuming a lot of information. In the first few months I read countless articles and 20+ books, watching numerous videos, and thought about it the majority of the time. I still focus on it quite a bit, but not to that extent.
That is all of my special interests at the moment and all of the ones I remember having. Not sure exactly what my next blog post will be, but it probably won’t be long before it’s written.
Song on repeat: Hellfire from Hunchback of Notre Dame (this might become rather uninteresting if I just listen to the same song for a month like I did in April)