18-Year-Old Living With Asperger’s: How ‘Princessing’ Changed My Life
I’ve always been a little bit different.
What does different mean exactly? I mean, everyone’s a little bit kooky in their own special way aren’t they? Let me try and elaborate: For my seventeenth birthday party, when other girls my age are asking for makeup, the latest apple product, and jewelery, all I wanted more than anything was a dress identical to the dress princess Anna wears from the Disney movie Frozen. Now, at this stage, I had never heard of cosplaying. I didn’t know that there were actually adults that dressed as book characters for fun. I wanted this dress more than anything, and, although my mum was fairly confused as to why, she agreed – and that became my birthday present.
Here’s the thing, when I like something, I really, really like that thing. I had an obsession with the movie Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and had to watch it twice a day for a month. I wish I was exaggerating – it’s now cut back to once a week! When I first saw Frozen, I fell in love with it (as every child under ten in the entire universe did), and the extravagant, loud and exciting Princess Anna struck me. Finally a Disney Princess that was awkward, loud, silly, and just a little bit kooky. Can you see why I liked her so much?