I hear about women with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism who are intelligent and talented, driven and focused in an area of skill, but like to work or be alone.  They seek out and appreciate solitude.  They avoid or get overwhelmed by social interaction.  I love solitude and like to be alone.  I have so many thoughts in my head I get overwhelmed sometimes.  I crave knowledge.  I think maybe I might have that…Asperger’s Syndrome.

I hear about some women who have a hormone problem where, no matter how hard they try, they can’t lose the body fat around their middle.  Well, that definitely could be me.

Some people have a condition where their whole body aches, including joints and muscles, and they get no relief.  I feel that way sometimes.  Maybe I have that.

I’ve heard about a chronic fatigue syndrome where people get overly tired.  I feel that way sometimes, maybe that’s what I have.  I’m also getting older and sometimes have to say, “Where was I” in a conversation.  I forget things like names or dates.  Maybe I have early-onset Alzheimers.

“Someone, please make it stop!”

With all the labels, syndromes, and conditions out there, it seems we all have some sort of problem, dysfunction, disability, or disorder.  We’ve become so focused or preoccupied with identifying our exceptions or symptoms of existing in life we miss out on the living of life.  I think I will just have to accept the fact that I have “human-isms”.  I suffer from a condition called “humanness”.

Humanness can be identified by a proneness to weight fluctuations and periodic bouts of forgetfulness or fatigue.  Humans tend to carry germs and be affected by them.  Other symptoms may include: extreme changes in behavior from tears and sadness, especially during times of loss or grief, to uncontrollable laughter, joy, or happiness, especially when around friends, loved-ones, children, or animals.

Symptoms may also include the need to be comforted by something soft.  Some may express a need for stress release through intense physical exercise or loud music.

Humans consume various amounts and kinds of food, even if they are not hungry.

Some humans require outlets for talents, creativity, imagination, competition, and physical performance.  Some don’t.

*Treatments most recommended to aid in dealing with the symptoms of being human include but are not limited to:

  • A comfortable shelter to call their own.
  • Healthy food and clean water.
  • Safety
  • Weather appropriate clothing. (A sense of style is appreciated.)
  • Studies suggest the more love, caring, acceptance, respect, understanding, and tolerance a human receives, the fewer the symptoms of depression, anger, or regret.
  • Periodic and regular exposure to beauty, whether in nature, art, or music, has been proven to improve the human condition.
  • Daily doses of love and laughter are recommended.  High quantities are often required.
  • Acknowledgement and acceptance of humanness and human-isms, especially in others, is the first step to healing and fruitful living.
  • If irregularities of unkindness, aggression, crankiness, or irritability are observed, increase doses of sleep, love, and understanding.  Wine or other alcoholic beverages may also prove helpful.
  • Some humans are prone to acts of stupidity, arrogance, and bad language.  These usually require a gentle slap to the back of the head by a trusted friend or a call home to Mother.  If symptoms persist, part company.
  • Prayer and an acknowledgment of a Father God have helped many.
  • Friendships are crucial.
  • Research suggests humans who experience physical intimacy in a loving and committed relationship tend to live longer and happier lives.

Other names for those who demonstrate these human-isms, or suffer from the condition of humanness are:  family, society, community, culture, the world. Us.

(Other definitions may also be found by entering the keyword: imperfect.)

Ahhh…humanness.  I believe that is what I have.

*Disclaimer:  The above article and recommended treatments are intended for personal use only.  Article is not recommended for those who lack a sense-of-humor, are legalistic, or easily offended.  Which, by the way, are also human-isms that require extra patience from other humans.  Reader assumes all responsibilities for changes in life or attitude, if any, after having read this article.  Author makes no claim to perfection or having authority to tell others how to live life; these are merely suggestions.  Medical research supports the claim that there is no cure for Humanness.  Live at your own risk and live responsibility.