There are people who like the rain. And I’m one of them. My liking the rain has to do with it limiting my distractions when I’m driving.
I like close ceilings of cloud cover that touch the ground and limit visibility to an adequate distance for driving safely, say three to four hundred yards.
I like this because it means I’m not staring off at distant vistas and ignoring traffic in front of me.
But it’s not just rain
I like music playing when I’m writing. I liked it playing when I did my homework as a child. My father and my teachers said that it would distract me. They said I shouldn’t do it. My mom said do what works. I did. I needed homework and music, those dual focus points then, just like I need writing and music now.
And it’s not just music
I need coffee to go to sleep. I need coffee to wake up. I need coffee to focus. Because I have ADHD, I am able to focus and direct my thoughts better when my mind is stimulated chemically. Caffeine is a stimulant.
When I wake up it helps me get going in a focused way. When I need to concentrate it does that also. And when I need to go to sleep, it again helps me focus and stops my mind from racing.
And it’s not just coffee
I like colors in wild mixtures. I like textures. I like light and dark and contrast. These things have a distinct sound, a distinct flavor, a distinct aroma.
But it’s not just things I like …
I hate loud parties. If you go to a café everyone talks quietly, to the people at their table. At a party, people don’t maintain conversational privacy, everyone talks as if everyone else wants to know what they’re talking about.
But it’s not just loud places …
I hate quiet places. Nature abhors a vacuum and I am the nature that abhors a sound vacuum.
I think it’s because my bouncing, finger drumming, foot tapping ways won’t go unnoticed in a quiet room. For years in school I would dread going to the library. I loved the seemingly eclectic collection of information, but hated that I would be shushed or stilled three times every five minutes.
Well, there it is …
These are a few of the quirks in my life that I refer to as ADHDisms. Did they ring any bells for you or do you have your own?