It's very common for Autistic people to be very knowledgable in a particular field or about a very specific thing. So what I wanna know is what that is for people!
For me? It's Star Trek. I freaking love Star Trek. I live and breathe it. I went to a convention this year and it was awesome! I get so excited about it and just love watching it. Whenever I feel low? Watch Star Trek. Whenever I feel great? Watch Star Trek. Whenever I feel whenever? You can bet it's Star Trek time! I like playing a game where whenever I watch something else, I like to see if there's any actor who has ever been in Star Trek. You'd be surprised! I don't know too many people who also like it, so I just talk about it whenever and wherever. Sometimes I like to intentionally ramble on about it because I know it makes people roll their eyes. But sometimes people know how much I like it so they let me go on and on! I like those people!
I'm also pretty knowledgeable about films and TV in general. Even ones I haven't seen. I just seem to absorb trivial knowledge.
So time for you to geek out about your passions! :D
I’m like you but I absolutely live for Harry Potter!! I almost got on Mastermind last year with it!
Reading your posts suggests to me that I have some strong interests and some slight obsessions, but no great passions. If I'd had some strong passions, it might have gone some way to ameliorating my other career/life deficits. But I'm really not enough of a showman to grab the audience's attention. I'm not at all interested in performing in front of the right people, as a means to impress. And yet, I have been told that I'm a perfectionist. I still have no real idea how they arrived at their conclusion, because I can clearly see my own compromises. From my observations of others, I really do believe that there are many others on the spectrum who aren't really all that passionate most of the time. Indeed, if we have some degree of genius, it might well be in terms of our ability to adapt and compromise. This really is a spectrum ..... condition.
BUT, if you are passionate, you should definitely make the most of it. No argument there!
I'm a Pan-Nerdist. I get off on all tech from cars to planes to trains to models to electronics to films & tv etc.. (I'm a Trekker too). I'm happy to indulge in anything as long as it fires my brain up.
I'm passionate about music and sport - but participate in neither. My all-time favourite band are Joy Division. My favourite football teams are Arsenal and Brentford.
I used to watch The Simpsons religiously. Now, I no longer have a TV. (not even streaming - my internet is too slow anyway)
I saw Joker back in October. One twisted individual.
I find it too challenging to read due to my anxiety. However, I am interested in books about music. I read Mike Skinner's autobiography.
I have a savant knowledge of bus and rail timetables in Northern Ireland. As well as the collection times for post in various Post Offices.
Genealogy. My family tree has 15,000 people on it. I also research my husband's which has a similar number. I have traced his line back to the 1100s. He is directly descended from many kings and queens, as far back as Robert the Bruce. Thankfully his ancestors had regularly updated their family tree with a 300 page document!
I just love to sit and browse through the website, sometimes just picking someone at random and researching their life. Sometimes I just like to 'tidy up' the info I have online especially if copied from someone else and it lacks commas, full stops or capital letters. I find I can lose myself for hours.
My 'passions' come and go in the sense that some days I'm actually disgusted by everything I love but I think that's when Depression is creeping up into the worst of it's phases. During which time I'm less passionate than an inanimate object! In between those Depressive storms though I'm passionate about Birds, Dinosaurs. Especially Jays! Because Jays are the bestest birds! In fact, even during my worse weeks in Depression, I don't think I quite manage to become disgusted by Jays. I spend much of time looking out for birds, especially for, you guessed it, Jays! I even have a set up in the garden where I can feed them relatively close to my window so that I can practice my Bird Photography on the. The only problem is, I'm so obsessed with Jays that no photo ever quite is perfect enough and so I end up just with files and files of photos of Jays. Which isn't really bad, but some of them are repeating on themselves by this point. When they weren't appearing in the garden for a month or so when I can only guess there was abundance of some other food sauce for them I was disappointed not to see them. I play a game of pretending I'm a Jurassic park ranger (Because Jurassic park is one of the best films and books, and it's about dinosaurs and birds are dinosaurs...). I call myself the Jurassic park ranger of my local patch. I keep up with all the goings-on of the local Avian-Dinosaurs, photographing them, noting if there is an influx of a certain species or a sudden disappearance of one. Listening out for owls in the night. Checking there are no diseases spreading locally. Cleaning all feeders to try and ensure diseases aren't spread on any of my feeders. Trying to recognise individual birds. Which is hard especially for Robins, Jays, Blue ***, Great *** etc because they don't have any really noticeable differences between the genders either. I currently have three Jays that hang around almost daily coming round for my peanuts, competing with squirrels for them and the occasional magpie.
How come you didn't end up on it? That'd be a fun category to do! :)
I applied for Mastermind - with The Simpsons as my specialised subject - however, the audition questions on the phone completely bowled me over.
It's like how Thomas Edison said that he never failed, but found thousands of ideas that didn't work.
I love family history too! My father in law was given a 6 month ancestry subscription which he let me use, and I got so obsessed with it. My family is all working class so nothing very exciting, and they all lived in the middle section of England going back to the 1500s, which explains why I'm so pasty skinned. :)
I did a tree for an American friend and he was related to British royalty - so fascinating.
I particularly love old newspaper stories about small town matters, old letters, war documents etc.
I can't really afford a subscription right now so research takes longer (I can use the library too) but it's the act of researching that I love. It doesn't need to be my family either. When I worked at the library I would do research for customers!
Most of my obsessions are music based or comedy based. I don't have any that I'm continually obsessed with, they come in waves and sometimes make lots of return appearances.
Elliott Smith is probably my longest running obsession.
I'm currently into Post Malone. Compared to Elliott there is an insane amount of information out there - so many photos and videos - which makes it more intense I think, but also constantly new photos and videos. I like knowing everything about a subject and "completing" it in the sense of watching all videos etc. I particularly like Mr Post because he has a few autistic qualities: honesty, treats all people the same, has intense interests. It's been interesting trying to work out why he's so popular and I think good social communication is the factor I very much lack.