|Posted by Admin on December 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM|
While growing up, I remember many times where I would see a picture of a large bin with a person putting a piece of garbage into it. Or I would see a picture of people separating items to their appropriate recycling containers. I walk by trash cans every day. I hear the trucks coming to collect it every week. I know what to do with trash at these times.
But when it comes to everyday life, I have no clue. At least not right away...
There are a couple of nearly empty boxes of stale cereal sitting on the kitchen shelf. If that cereal was still edible, and I had enough for a full bowl, that would be the right place for it. But time has passed and it no longer belongs there. So at what point am I supposed to realize that it's time to get rid of those boxes? When does that moment "click" and instead of pouring myself a bowl, I decide to throw away the crumbs and recycle the box? It doesn't. I put the box away.
There is a piece of candy that I find in my purse when I get home. I unwrap it and eat it. That's what you do with candy. But wait....there's still something left over. There's a wrapper that the candy was in. I'm so engrossed in what I want to do next, that I can't process what I'm supposed to do with this leftover piece of plastic. I either put it in my pocket or just completely drop it. I don't want to hold onto it, but I just don't remember what I'm supposed to do. I don't see it as garbage yet. I see it as a piece of candy that I've eaten. Or, perhaps I realize that there is another piece in my purse, and I might as well wait until I eat the other piece to figure out what I'm doing with these leftover remains.
This is how my mind works. I have Asperger's. I'm 24 years old, and I just finally started to realize when an item belongs in the trash or recycling.