Aspies tend to have special interests. I dislike that particular phrasing immensely, so I call them obsessions. Some Aspies have lifelong interests, others hop from one to the other.
They are our way of dealing with the overwhelming stress that comes with being neuroAtypical in a neurotypical world and can range from actual hobbies to TV shows to movies to books–anything and everything really.
I have regular hobbies which aren’t the same sort of thing. I make chain maille for example, but not for the same reasons.
Almost all of my actual obsessions are mostly TV shows, As Time Goes By & The Tudors are my main ones. I watch all nine seasons of As Time Goes By at least once a month. I watch episodes of it every weekend. We go out the most on Saturdays & Sundays, and if I don’t hide away afterward to recharge my social batteries, I get blinding migraines.
I have favourite episodes I skip to at times. Something about the rhythm of the episode and knowing exactly what’s going to happen, it lulls the stress from my mind. I love my obsessions. I’ve even spent a lot of time hunting for coffee mugs similar to the ones they use on ATGB. I now own three of them and usually use them for tea when I’m watching. My hubby is remarkably patient with this and usually just heads downstairs to our second TV to play Xbox.
Do you have any hobbies that help you relax?