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Lost In Years Of ADHD

Friday, March 27th, 2015
Welcome to one of my my other jobs ...

Welcome to one of my other jobs …

I have a new job. I’m involved with the “Arts” department of a local community online publication. And as such, I get to use it as an excuse to go to different things that one might consider artistic. Music and drama, art shows and film screenings all fall under my jurisdiction.

And so I make the supreme sacrifice and attend all kinds of things whenever I have the opportunity.

ADHD, The Great White North, And Frozen Plumbing

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
It'll be a cold day in ... my home town

It’ll be a cold day in … my home town

A short list of things you could already know about me might include the fact that I have ADHD, and the fact that I live in Canada, or as some of us like to call it, “The Great White North.”

I may also have mentioned some other things that, if you were paying attention, might be on that list. That extended list might include the fact that I live in a small urban area, a city by designation, but a town by character, called Owen Sound.

And if you were interested in the news, and were to dig deep enough, you’d find that this little city of mine has been suffering the effects of the unseasonably cold weather we’ve had over the last two winters.

ADHD, Easily Distracted

Friday, March 20th, 2015
When your own guilt is in the balance ...

When your own guilt is in the balance …

I have noticed that I miss things. I’m not oblivious to my obliviousness.

That sounds like a paradox, and maybe it is. Heaven knows we have plenty of those, right?

But I’ve also observed that it’s the boring things that I manage to miss. Those things that seem so much like watching paint dry are the very things I can easily set to one side and, though I swear I’ll get to them in time, they get missed.

What Am I Saying About My ADHD

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
That's a lot of talk

That’s a lot of talk

You know what? I’ve written 550 posts on this blog. I’ve said a lot of things. Some of them I’ve said tongue in cheek, and some I’ve quoted from other sources.

I’ve stated my opinions, but always as opinions. I’ve offered my observations, and encouraged you to share yours. I’m not always able to reply to your comments, but I try to, and we here at Psych Central approve those comments for all to see, so long as they aren’t abusive.

More than just observations, opinions and references, I’ve shared things from my life that, although having nothing to do with ADHD, have occurred in my ADHD life. I’ve shared those things to give context to my behaviour and thoughts. I felt that to be fair.

Led Astray By ADHD

Monday, March 16th, 2015

I love life. That may not come as much of a shock to anyone who reads this blog, but in case you missed it, well there it is. I love life.

At one time I wanted to be a famous pony express rider

At one time I wanted to be a famous pony express rider

I love my life, this life. I have some troubles, admittedly. I’ve seen some rough times. But I love this life.

You see, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m well aware that life is, most likely, more than half over.

I do tell people that I intend to live to be 110. And that would mean that, at 56, I’m past middle age. It should be noted that I also tell people that when I reach 110 I want to die by being hit by a bus and that I hope it knocks me completely off my motorcycle and into a courtyard near a pool of pretty young women so that I can die surrounded by beauty … but that’s another blog post for another day.

ADHD Is No Party

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Follow my lead ...

Follow my lead …

But parties are places where people with ADHD can be found.

Why do we like parties? I don’t know. Who doesn’t like parties.

Of course there’s the down side to parties. Sometimes they aren’t the kind of party that we appreciate. Personally, I’m not keen on parties where there are lots of drugs. And I don’t like parties where people are all trying to show their value, especially when it’s clear that they are selling it and don’t really believe what they’re saying.

What Is Success In An ADHD Life

Monday, March 9th, 2015
Something I'm good at ...

Something I’m good at …

Here’s a little something I noticed about ADHD the other day. Success can lead so quickly to failure. In fact, success can cause failure.

How is that possible is the question I asked myself when I first realized that what I’d thought was actually perfectly true.

Well, I went back over the thought line that led to this conclusion and the logic has no flaw. And it is perfectly easy to explain this to you.

And my hope is that, once I’ve explained it to you, I’ll have little trouble remembering this lesson. And once remembered, I hope to be able to recognize the situation and take steps to rectify it in my life.

Are you ADHD Self Aware?

Friday, March 6th, 2015
I think I know ...

I think I know this one …

It is arguably the single most important aspect of being human, that we are aware of ourselves. We must be aware of our existence in order to be able to advance.

And as a species, we have advanced greatly. The fact that you are reading my words, whether you live around the block from me or on the other side of the globe, is the result of our awareness that we are.

I write for you because I’m aware you are there.

And of course we are self aware. The other reason I write is because I enjoy writing. I’m aware that I enjoy it.

When Will The World Catch Up To ADHD?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
It's a state of mind ...

It’s a state of mind …

A million years ago, when I was a computer programmer and then a technician, I used to see the world of technology as being at three distinct levels of advancement.

Basically, there were systems on the third level, in homes and offices where mundane jobs were performed. Then there were systems that were highly functional by comparison. They were being used for specialized things almost exclusively in industry, like advanced research and development.

Then there were systems that were being developed and deployed simply for the purpose of developing new systems. They were the ones that were pushing the envelope, making advances that would be studied and would dictate what the next generation of systems would be capable of.

I used to refer to these levels as “state of the art,” “state of the industry,” and “state of the basement.”

You’re How Old? And You Have ADHD?

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
This is how old I am!

This is how old I am!

I have a problem. Well, I have lots of problems, but I have one I’d like to share.

It’s my age, or rather, my ages. I have ADHD, so I have a chronological age, a physical age, an emotional age, and an age based on how much time it feels like I’ve lived.

Those ages, in that order, are 56, 86, 13, and 21.

Now the 56 can be ignored, that’s just the amount of time since my birth. I don’t look that old, and I feel much older (has anyone seen my liniment?).

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