Yes I did, actually. I knew it was coming. I’ve been waiting for it for 12 months, ever since it snuck up on me last year.
But I haven’t done anything about it. Well, maybe that isn’t true. You see, I’m always trying to make people more aware of ADHD. I publish a post about ADHD, or life with ADHD three days a week in this blog. I’m always trying to raise ADHD awareness.
Maybe during ADHD awareness month, I should take a break? Maybe it’s the one month when I could just relax. But I can’t. I can’t do that for two different reasons. Okay, for one reason that has two different points to it.
The reason I can’t take the month off is that I didn’t figure out that I had ADHD until I was nearly fifty, and I wasn’t diagnosed until I was actually fifty years old.
My first point about this is that I wasn’t doing this job for fifty years of my life, and this is my life we’re talking about here. I have ADHD. I have to catch up on spreading the word, right?
Okay, adult ADHD was not known for much of my life. But still, it was fairly well known by the time I found out about it. So I feel like I need to catch up. I feel I owe it to my community to spread the word. So I can’t take the month off for that very reason.
The other part of the reason, or point to the reason, or reason to the idea or whatever, is that I didn’t recognize that I had ADHD until the symptoms were spelled out for me. So I’m asking myself “How many others are out there?”
That’s right, awareness brought clarity to me. Who else out there would be better off if they were aware of their symptoms? Who would have a better life if they knew they weren’t alone? Who would be able to set their sights on the right targets and maybe get caught up a little if they just had a chance to learn about themselves?
I credit another blogger with my finding out about the effects of ADHD on my life. If I can help anyone else in the same way, even if it’s just in understanding what this is and what it means for them, how could I not?
Just the feeling of not being alone in this world is such a vast improvement over the way I felt before my diagnosis, if I can tell others that there is a community of us, if they can come into that community and find comfort, then that’s enough of a win for me to keep doing this.
I do think it’s funny that there is an awareness month for a disorder that has “lack of self awareness” as a symptom, but that’s just because that’s the way my mind works. Might make a good Tee-shirt though …
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