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ADHD Bounds

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Opportunities to bound abound

So many puns, so little time.

Does that title mean the boundaries of ADHD? It does not.

Does it mean the extent to which it affects humanity? Again, no.

Though both of those are great topics, to be sure, they aren’t what’s on my mind this morning.

Morning thoughts …

The truth is, this morning I’m thinking about choir practice last night, and how I got centred out in the crowd.

And I was centred out because I have ADHD.

That’s bad, right?

Normally I’d say yes, that is bad. But today I’m saying no.

Today I’m saying here’s something you might want to consider when you’re examining your own life and looking for the shiny parts worth being proud of.

What’s so shiny?

Last night I was identified as having the attitude needed to sell our stage entrance to the audience. It was pointed out that I “bounded” onto the stage.

And it’s true. I did. I do. I’m excited when we’re on stage, I’m wound up as tight as a drum and tighter, and I can’t wait to perform, even when I’m not as sure of my part as I probably should be.

It’s bound to help?

Okay, it might be a bit of a stretch perhaps, but I think of it this way: If you’re really being true to yourself, you’ve found activities to engage in for either work or play, or hopefully both, that engage and excite you.

And if they do, and if you have ADHD, then those activities are very likely to require a higher level of energy than other activities might.

Bring it on!!!

So instead of being engaged in something where you are constantly reminding yourself, or being reminded, to tone it down, you are engaged in something that is asking of you the very thing that makes you feel alive.

You’ll be being asked to bring the energy, immerse yourself in the activity and both believe in what you’re doing and sell that belief to those around you.

I hear the music

And that’s exactly what I get to do in choir. Of course it helps that we are a rock choir, I’m pretty sure that choirs that study Georgian Chanting are not expected to bound onto the stage and rock out to the loading tracks.

But that’s exactly my point. I have nothing against Georgian chants, let’s hear them, but I personally won’t be performing any in the foreseeable future.

I’ll take the bounding

I’ll stick with what I know and what I do best. And that means I’ll stick with the thing that not only allows me to bound onto the stage, but encourages me to do so.

I was meant to bound. I have ADHD, and … ADHD bounds.

ADHD Bounds

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.

email me at ADHD Man


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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2017). ADHD Bounds. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2017/05/adhd-bounds/

 

Last updated: 1 May 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 May 2017
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