Today was my first proper day of school. Anxiety levels were high… meeting loads and loads of new people is never pleasant for me. I did used to go to this school but in year 10 I went into hospital and haven’t been to school since so I’m just starting sixth form a year behind. I didn’t know what to say to the people in my form so I just sat there listening and trying not to look too anxious; I kept jiggling my leg or squirming. I only knew two people in the room and one of them was the teacher. I think I did alright though. When I went into the common room there were so many people talking at the same time I didn’t think I’d be able to cope with it. But I did. I think I can count this day as a success. This is a message to any other Aspies; Don’t give up. I know it sounds cheesy but I’ve given up so many times because I’ve been so anxious about a situation and in the end you always end up doing a circle and at step one where you have to do the same thing that made you anxious before. It’s going to be hard for me but in the end I’ll get my qualifications and build life skills that can be used later on, like being able to be the one to start a conversation (I’m not really there yet, but I’m sure one day I will be) or being more tolerant to the noise of a million people talking at the same time. Just don’t be put off by something or other, keep trying. Ok cheesy moment over.