The tea is always hot

I don’t know if this post will make sense to anyone but it’s a small explanation into how my brain seems to work. I don’t know if this is an Autism thing or just a me thing.

When I make a cup of tea my mind thinks the tea is hot, therefore it’s always hot. Until something physical tells me otherwise then it is going to be hot. Obviously, I know that this is impossible, I know that it’s going to get cold so my brain has this mini battle every time I have a cuppa (which is at least once a day for me). This means I have to do little compulsive tasks so I don’t leave it too long to drink. I check the time when I’ve made the drink and then try and keep an eye on how much time has passed. After 5 minutes I’ll touch the cup my drink is in to see how hot it still is, if it’s nearly drinkable temperature then I’ll pick the cup up and hold it until I can drink it. If I don’t keep an eye on the time then I’ll pick the cup up too late as my brain will constantly be telling me that it’s still too hot to drink, leave it a couple of minutes. If I’m doing anything at all this usually means ending up with a cold tea and having to start again or give up on the drink so I’ll try not to do any tasks lasting longer than a few minutes while I wait.

This kind of thought process also doesn’t help when it comes to trying to get anything done. I think to myself that I should wash clothes or hoover up or anything else but my brain cuts in with it wasn’t done that long ago so doesn’t need doing again anytime soon. In reality the hoovering probably hasn’t been done for a month and my wash basket is about full (and it holds two loads at least).

Well, I hope this random rambling makes sense to someone. I better go drink my tea while it’s still hot.


Author: AdultsWithAustism

I decided I wanted to do something positive with my life and speak out about what it feels like to be an adult with autism.

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