My family holds a pull-up contest every Christmas Day. I’ve never won. Last year, I only cranked out four and embarrassed myself. The most pull-ups anyone has done to win was ten.
This year, I’ll be doubling that and embarrassing everyone else instead.
If there’s a “one easy trick” gimmick, it’s this:
If you want to get better at something, do it more.
Yes, I know, I literally said sort of the opposite.
Before you read any further and get this confused for some flabby rando’s barely-passable exercise blog — remember, we’re talking The Life Autistic. I’m trying to figure this all out and do my best, and part of that is figuring other things out.
Like ‘greasing the groove.’
Either way, I realized I’d been doing this since before I learned about doing this.
There’s a way to grease the groove and build strength in your autistic experience.
These days, I can handle public speaking. All day training sessions. Long trips to the grocery store. Leading and hosting meetings back to back. Making phone calls.
I don’t possess the innate autistic strength to manage those. It came over time. It took a little bravery. Some of it was doable. Some of it I’m still daunted by — especially when it comes to visiting people, having guests, or even doing meals (which I enjoy) with people I don’t know.
But sometimes you can grease that groove. Starting slow. Jumping on video. Saying hello. Trying to hold a two sentence conversation with a stranger. Practicing a fun introduction to yourself.
Some of the hard things in the Life Autistic just remain hard; they’re heavy, and I only attack them every so often to better handle them.
Other things need more frequency, and while they’re not always easy, they’re not the heaviest things — there’s a groove I feel I can build here. Maybe you can, maybe you can’t — whatever, be you!
If anything, I know what I’m going to be: The 2020 Hansen Family Christmas Pull-Up Contest Winner.