I become very obsessional with certain things and sometimes these obsessions get the better of me. For awhile as a child I was obsessed with learning about the presidents. Later in high school, I became obsessed with baby names (and this is still a passion of mine). Over the years, I’ve had a lot of things that I become completely absorbed in and it’s all I want to talk about, it is all I can think about and everything in life reminds me of this obsession. Since high school, I’ve been more obsessed with TV shows and movies that have a romantic plot. I remember in high school, my family went to a hotel for something and I brought along a VHS tape of my favorite movie at the time, Notting Hill, and even though there wasn’t a VHS player, I still brought it in hopes of seeing it somehow. I couldn’t be away from it. I was so engrossed in it. A few years ago, I become completely obsessed with the TV show Bones. That lasted for about a year and half before I became bored with it and I didn’t have an obsession for awhile. Since July, I have become deeply in love with the show Castle. Lately, this obsession has been getting the better of me and I can’t seem to stay away from watching YouTube clips or full episodes. I read fanfiction until all hours of the night. Last night, I read for 7 hours ONE fanfiction that was 172,000 words long, basically a 500 page book.
Despite absolutely loving these obsessions, they make me feel sad sometimes. I feel alone, like I’m chasing something that isn’t real to love me in return. I follow these obsessions with romantic ties because of how pathetic my love life is now. I feel that if I ever have a romantic relationship, I’ll be so disappointed in it because it won’t live up to my expectations from these TV shows. I want a life like those on TV and that is not at all realistic. Part of me wants to stop being obsessed, but that is just one aspect of autism and I can’t change it. I can change how much I watch or read about these shows, but I just don’t want to give up something I love so much, even if it makes me sad. It’s a double edged sword. Do I give up the one thing that gives me pleasure in my miserable life or do I continue to feel sad that this obsession is the only thing in my life that gives me pleasure. I don’t know what to do.
I want a real relationship with someone, but I’m afraid I’ll never be ready for one because I’m so screwed up and damaged. I don’t know how to fix myself. I don’t know how to be a whole person and not pieces of a broken person.