December 27, 2021

I used to love the phrase “can’t see the forest for the trees,” because it gave me a way to explain why I often miss the big picture… I focus too much on the details!

But “can’t see” is inaccurate. It would be better to say it takes me longer to see the forest, because first I see the trees.

I need to see enough of them to know if they meet the minimum quantity for a forest. And I need to see their arrangement to know if it’s organic enough for a forest – as opposed to a driveway lined with trees, for example, or a carefully manicured arboretum.

Only after gathering data do I feel confident drawing a conclusion. That, for me, is when the forest appears.

I wonder if people who can spot a forest at first glance also proceed to notice the trees?

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.