"I experience the world very intensely". - Anne

My name is Anne, I am 25 years old and I live in Tilburg with my cat Ollie. I studied biology and now work 20 hours a week as a data analyst. In my spare time, I do a lot of sports, play the piano and enjoy sailing. I also enjoy writing and one and a half years ago I published my book of poetry "Oververhit Brein".

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with autism after ending up in burnout. Part of the way autism manifests itself for me is through a very busy head, which never slows down. I experience the world very intensely, which is both a curse and a blessing. As a result, I get over-stimulated easily, which often manifests as anxiety and despondency. In addition, I (used to) mask a lot, because I didn't want to be "different". Fortunately, I am increasingly discovering that being different is not necessarily something negative, but can also be something beautiful.
I am proud of where I am now, and how I try to take steps forward every day. I am not there yet, but I am already a lot further than I was a few years ago.
My tip for other people with autism - but also for myself - would be to worry less about "how things should be". On the contrary, it's so much fun to do things in your own way and at your own pace, and not because "it's the way it should be".

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