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Well, I've done it. I've really lodged myself in to a predicament now. Those of you who are following along may, at this point, be wondering what I'm talking about. You may be saying to yourself, "Is he referring to having promised holiday content and not delivered?" Or you might be saying, "Oh, oh, has something gone wrong with the sale of the house? Like, maybe it's going ahead and he's realizing he's got a month to do three weeks worth of work but no time for the three months of overthinking he'll have to do to get that three weeks work done?" Or you might be thinking, "Has he run out of coffee?"
I may have mentioned before that I keep a notepad in my back pocket at all times. It's a contractor thing. It's a writer thing. Okay, it's an ADHD thing. As a contractor, I use it to write down measurements, make lists of materials, keep track of phone numbers I don't need in my phone, or addresses I'll never need again unless I'm working there again in the future, at which time I'll get the address again. And as a writer, when inspiration hits, it isn't always easy or convenient to break out the laptop and just start writing, but I can almost always say, "Excuse me a moment ..." snap out my little paper notebook and jot down what I hope will be enough for me to remember the inspiration and the context.
Ambivalence can mean experiencing contradictory feelings at the same time. And if you have ADHD and if you are reasonably self aware, you know exactly what that is. But ambivalence can also mean, and I'll quote Merriam-Webster here, "uncertainty as to which approach to follow" ... and that says more about ADHD than many other states of mind. That definition of Ambivalence permeates our lives and our situations endlessly. Whether it's a decision on what flavour of ice cream cone or the choice of what to study in school, ambivalence is present.
Hey. How's it going? Yeah, it's me, Kelly, the writer of this blog. I'm in the satellite office today, out on the road, holed up in a café, trying to think of something to write about. And as is usually the case in these situations when the pressure is on, my mind started wandering around. I was kind of struggling here. And then it hit me ...
I didn't find out I had ADHD until I was almost fifty years old. No, it isn't that I have mild ADHD, and it isn't that ADHD is not that obvious. It's that normal isn't that apparent to someone with ADHD. And ADHD can almost be described as the disorder of lying to oneself. See, we spend a lot of mental energy on trying to determine why things aren't working out the way they should, but since we are humans and seem to be fully functional (according to our own observations at least) it never occurs to us to
I'm not trying to suggest that it's a good thing to have ADHD, but if you've read my blog before you know I'm also not saying that I'd want to be anything else than someone with ADHD. I don't want to be me if I'm not the me I am. When I was a child, there was ADHD, but there wasn't any common understanding of it. When I was born, ADHD's name was Minimal Brain Dysfunction. When I was old enough to start learning, my school-teacher grandmother, who must have recognized the disorder for what it was, even though she had no name for it, began to teach me to
There are few things you can count on in this life. It was once said and is often quoted that the only two "are death and taxes." Being the kind of person who is always looking for flaws in absolute statements, I was fond of replying that one might escape the later if one availed themselves of the former early enough in life. But the dawn's light got me thinking this morning about things I could count on. And, of course, my deadline got me thinking about my ADHD.
Did you know that people with ADHD thrive in certain job situations and languish in others? It's true, and another thing that is true is that no two of us are alike in that respect. So though we thrive in some jobs and don't in others, we don't all thrive in the same jobs. That being said, there are some jobs that are more likely to be the right fit for the majority of us. Those jobs tend to offer certain things that make our lives better. That's why we thrive in those situations. And today, of all days, November 11th, it seems
It's Wednesday, November the 9th, 2016. It's the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election in the United States. And I, a Canadian, am just wandering around social media observing things. One thing I'm observing is the number of posts on Facebook that start with, or include the word "Wow." That held my attention for a little while, I can tell you. And though I'm a Canadian, as are most of my friends, there seems to be a lot of worried talk about where this election result will lead the United States and the rest of the world.
I have things to do. I have stuff going on in my life. I have problems, and projects, and hopes and dreams. I have things to do, to take care of, to get through or enjoy. I don't have time for ADHD. So, I'm asking if I can take a break from it ... please? It would be such a relief to not have to deal with all the little stuff that it brings into my life.