Okay, I admit that I was looking for a good so that my alphabetical list wouldn’t have missing bits!

I chose zealous because it can be how we come across when we discover our identity later in life. We devour every book we can find, Google every possible angle, start following ADHDers and autistics on social media. We may self-disclose at every opportunity, even if our audience often seems indifferent, or even uncomfortable (this has to be their issue, not ours).

To those neurotypicals who have the luxury of having always known who they are, why they are, where they comfortably remain, for the most part without question, this may well seem like zealotry (fanaticism). I have sometimes gone too far, infodumping my newest most amazing special interest on anyone who remains stationary for more than three minutes. Very reminiscent of a door-to-door religious convert handing out handwritten messages that have clearly taken them days to write, such is their conviction.

But, you know what? That’s okay. To live in the dark for our whole lives to date and then suddenly be given a torch… of course we’re shining it into every cobwebby corner. We are making sense of ourselves FINALLY.

So if, like so many of us, you are currently taking a deep dive into all-things-autistic, all-things-ADHD – any identity that is new to you – neurodivergent or otherwise – anything that can help speed up the process of understanding yourself can only be a good thing. When we stumble across our tribe and experience that feeling of finally belonging for the first time – that is such a buzz.

The definition of zeal is: great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective – the objective being to understand who and why we are. And that is our best tool for a happier life.

My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself,

for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves