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ADHD Life Goes On

Sometimes I'm not very busy ... sometimes.
Sometimes I’m not very busy … sometimes.

Sometimes life seems overly complicated. Sometimes it is brought on by my own actions. And sometimes it just seems that life’s complications catch up to me.

Sometimes life isn’t complicated. But it’s been my experience that that will never last, I’ll complicate it.

I know that when it seems like life’s complications catch up to me, it’s usually the result of my not having paid attention. I might have recognized the trouble coming, if I’d taken the time to assemble the clues on the calendar and in my mind.

But it isn’t always my fault

Sometimes life springs stuff on you that you couldn’t have seen coming with an army of crystal ball readers. The thing about having ADHD is that when that other, unforeseeable stuff leaps up at you, you aren’t prepared to deal with it because you’re behind on other things.

I might have mentioned that I’ve been volunteering at a folk festival this weekend. Well, I volunteered all last week, and got to go to the festival this weekend. Nothing went wrong. Nothing was suddenly sprung on my that inspired this post. On the contrary, everything went very well. It flowed like clockwork, as they say.

But what did inspire this post was that, after a week of volunteering, and a weekend of festivities, I suddenly realized last night, I have to start this week by taking apart and storing all the stuff we dug out and assembled to make a festival. It’s part of the construction job.

And when I realized that, I realized that life goes on. There was this festival, and now it’s over, and life goes on. The whole thing is very symbolic.

Now, the festival could have been symbolic of a good thing, or it could have represented a bad thing. That doesn’t matter, the point is, that once it’s passed, life goes on.

And life with ADHD is so very much the same

Stuff comes up. Good stuff, bad stuff, it all happens. And sometimes we cause it, and sometimes we don’t, sometimes we’re ready for it and sometimes we aren’t. But ready or not, our fault or not, it has a beginning, a middle and an end … and then, life goes on.

But does it always just … go on?

The only other possibility is that life doesn’t go on. And if life doesn’t go on, than there’s nothing to worry about.

So the deal is, if life goes on, then whatever came up or happened is not enough to end your life. So no worries, just reset your speed and direction and proceed. But if whatever came up does end your life … no worries either, life is over, and that can’t be helped, right?

But so far, life goes on. It just does.

ADHD Life Goes On

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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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2015). ADHD Life Goes On. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from


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