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Elections On My ADHD Mind

Yes, vote ... just not for me
Yes, vote … just not for me

You know, somebody has got to stop me. Before I do some damage. No, I mean some real damage. I keep having this fleeting thought that I should run for office.

Now, I’m pretty sure that the world is full of two different kinds of people. There are those who would say “There is no freaking way that you should be in office, Kelly!” And then there are those who don’t know me.

Let me tell you, if you are part of that second group, why the first group is right. There are several jobs that most people with ADHD should not do. School bus driver is one of those. Record data entry is another one. We also shouldn’t do any kind of job that requires us to be organized in an unstructured environment.

But you know what?

Yes, I know, I wouldn’t have to worry about doing the job unless I could get myself elected. And that would be a tough thing to do.

Three things would play against me in my endeavors to achieve office, time management, distraction, and spontaneous inappropriateness.

Lets take just one of the potential situations involved in running for office, the public debate. First, I’d have to get there on time, and also on the right day.

So maybe I could get there on time, but …

Next on the list, I’d have to maintain my cool, not get angry, refrain from telling that one joke that immediately pops into my mind. And I’d have to realize that just because I’m passionate about something, doesn’t mean that people are going to let me slide on the rules of decorum.

You can’t say those four letter words that impart the exact amount of passion you feel, just because you think they are the absolute perfect words … which they would be, but you can’t say them, which is the very kind of a situation that would make you want to say them … vicious circle, eh?

Did I miss anything?

Lastly, I’d have to deal with my predisposition to distraction. They don’t call me the Man of DistrAction for nothing.

So picture this, a question is asked, and I’m the second to get to respond to it. First, I’d have to ask to have the question read again. Then, half way through my allotted time, I’d have to confess that I needed the question read again.

And at the end of an answer, when I said, “I hope that answers your question.” I’d be being totally sincere. I really would hope that I had answered the question, whatever it was.

And since this is just what I’d have to do to get into office, I think that maybe politics is not in my future.

Besides, with my luck, I’d probably win.

Elections On My ADHD Mind

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). Elections On My ADHD Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 2, 2020, from


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