fame & fortune

If I can manage it …

You know, before I knew I had ADHD, I had big dreams. I used to think that someday I’d be rich and famous. Or maybe just rich. Or … maybe just famous???

Well, famous turns out to be easier to do. But it still isn’t easy.

One trick is to limit the scope of your fame. The smaller the town you live in, the easier it is to be famous.

On the other hand, if your town is too small, you’re never going to be more famous than the next door neighbour is.

So you need a happy medium …

Yes. You need a town that’s big enough to have strangers in it, but small enough to generate minimal competition for fame.

My little city is about 23,000 people, and that seems to be small enough to make fame doable, but big enough that it’s still a challenge.

From a little pond to a bigger little pond

I used to live in a village that had less than 100 people within its boundaries. I was famous there just because I was among those still breathing (or “among the quick” as the residents used to say, they being mostly retired farmers).

Without putting much thought, if any at all, into it, I slowly moved towards the bigger metropolis I now reside in. And I’m quite happy I did.

No guarantees

But that didn’t guarantee fame. In fact it made it the challenge I spoke of a moment ago. And more of a challenge for me perhaps, because I had no idea what to be famous at.

You see, because of that good old ADHD, I have a bit of trouble focusing on any one thing.

Pick your path

I thought that if I was going to be famous, I really needed to buckle down and choose what to be famous at. But for someone with ADHD, that’s a pretty scary prospect, right?

There is an image in my mind from years ago, and I can’t remember where it came from. It’s like a meme from before social media. It’s a sign beside an old wagon trail that’s mostly mud holes and wagon wheel tracks. The sign says, “Choose your rut carefully, you’ll be in it for the next twenty miles.”

Stuck in a rut?

I’m not good with being stuck in ruts. I have a hard time doing just one thing for prolonged periods of time.

Lucky for me, I can do several things reasonably well. And even luckier that there are people who know me for some of those things and not necessarily for others. Which means I can be well known enough for enough things that I’m actually becoming a little bit famous for a lot of things without trying to become famous for any one thing.

Did I say I’m not trying?

Well, that wouldn’t be true. Of course I’m trying to become famous. I’m just not trying to become famous for only one thing.

Or more to the point, I’m trying to become famous for everything I do. And that includes becoming famous for having ADHD.


Did I say Famous for having ADHD? I meant writing. That is, I mean writing about ADHD, or about having it. You know, famous for writing about having ADHD and how that affects my life.

Who wants to be famous for having ADHD … wait, does it pay well? I haven’t yet given up completely on being rich.