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Things ADHD Has Taught Me

I've learned a thing or two ...
I’ve learned a thing or two …

I had a great idea for a blog post today. It was so good I thought I’d never forget it. You’re reading this instead.

But you know, for the most part, I write things down now. I have a note pad and a pen in my pocket at all times. And sometimes when it’s time to write a post, all I have to do is read my note pad and there are a whole bunch of ideas.

Admittedly, some of them sounded better before I wrote them down. Somehow a lot of them lose something in the brewing and steeping that occurs in my pocket after being recorded.

“Once the subtleties of the day of inspiration have vanished, the attractive assets of the idea are often less obvious.”

I suspect there is some coloring that my frame of mind adds to my ideas. Once the subtleties of the day of inspiration have vanished, the attractive assets of the idea are often less obvious.

But I’ve learned more from my ADHD than just to write things down. And I’m sure that if I were to have written down all the things I’ve learned, the list would be quite extensive.

Here’s a few to chew on …

I always hang my pillow cases with the open end down. Having ADHD means that my laundry may spend a night or two out on the clothes line before I run out of clean socks and remember to take it in. And that means that my laundry may experience rain. And pillow cases are about as bag like as you can get. A good downpour can fill them up faster than they can drain and clothes pins weren’t meant for that kind of weight.

If I’m getting ready to go somewhere, I pile everything I’m planning on taking with me in front of the door. That way I have to step over it in order to forget it. I’ve still done that, but it is less likely to happen.

And another one …

I keep a spare key to everything in the change pocket of my wallet. I keep my change in my pocket, it’s too much fiddling to pull out my wallet when someone hands me change, so the change pocket isn’t being used for anything else anyway. It’s the least stressful thing in the world for me now to realize I have locked my keys in my vehicle. I just think, “Yeah, I can deal with that … like a boss.”

And one more …

I keep a suitcase packed at all times. I laughingly tell myself it’s so I’ll be ready to go if I win the lottery, but in reality, it’s so that I don’t have to pack in a hurry, or even at all, if I need to travel. Mind you, it’s only packed for trips of a few days, but at least that’s something.

You see, I know that if I have to pack, depending on my mood, I’ll over pack or under pack, and I’ll repack, and then I’ll re-repack. But since I packed already, without the stress of actually having to go anywhere, I’m ready.

Of course, as soon as I do have to go somewhere I’ll worry about what I packed. But if the reason I’m heading out really is because I won the lottery, what do I care? If I don’t like what I packed I’ll buy something else.

Things ADHD Has Taught Me

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2015). Things ADHD Has Taught Me. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 25, 2020, from


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