I have a son who sounds so much like your Nick and your “born to do things the hard way” resonates through my mind. We homeschooled for reasons unrelated to his issues, but I feel certain that if he had been forced to conform to a classroom, we would have had a very similar journey. Instead, he slowly and in his own way, has found his footing as an adult. I am proud and relieved. Thank you for the brutal and beautiful honesty of your piece.