Now See Here …
My mind works rather quickly in many ways. But sadly, because it covers ground so fast, it tends to squander that ability by rapidly cycling through many thoughts that are a waste of time.
I can be cheerfully starting some task, say in the kitchen, that requires counter space. And I’ll pick up something in my way that I could just put someplace else and get back to what I was doing, but instead I’ll think it’s a good idea to put it away. Even if it goes upstairs in the closet of the furthest room away from the kitchen.
Of course, once there, I’ll see something that will take me someplace else.
And it doesn’t stop there …
Oh no, I can be thinking of twenty other things between the kitchen and the closet, and there’s a good chance that any one of those thoughts might derail my progress and take me somewhere else.
And the task in the kitchen and the thing that belongs in the closet? They might both suffer from that.
If only my mind would slow down, or leave the other thoughts unthought until they are relevant.
Nope. That’s not me. That’s not my mind.
The best description of this on good days is “annoying.” On bad days? It’s destructive.
In fairness though …
It has been some time since the frustration of this has upset me to the point that I consider my day to have been destroyed.
Having a diagnosis and a means to pursue education regarding my ADHD has given me the super power of being able to understand how my mind works, and accepting the bad and working with the skills I have developed and just generally learning to deal.
And that’s a good thing. A really good thing.
But a rapid mind …
A rapidly firing mind is not always the worst thing. Something I’ve noticed about my brain is that it accommodates new situations quickly.
I know, since I don’t transition well, that seems like a paradox, right? But there are certain things that my quick mind can deal with seemingly instantly.
Sight comes to mind
When I reached that magic age where I became aware that I needed glasses that had two different areas so that I could see distance and up close, my optometrist gave me the prescription and warned me that I might need a fair bit of time to get used to them.
I had the prescription filled by an optician who then warned me that I might need a great deal of time to get used to them. I decided I’d drive home in my old glasses, but first …
I put them on
I tried them on in the office and they adjusted them to fit my face, to sit in the right place in front of my eyes.
They checked to see if I could read all right, and then they checked to see if I could see distance okay. And then I paid for them.
When I got home and went to put on my new glasses to begin the process of “getting used to them,” I realized I was still wearing them.
I guess I was used to them already. My mind had observed what was new and accepted it. That quickly!
Let’s try that again
More recently, just for fun mostly, I decided to try contact lenses. My optometrist gave me a prescription that allowed me to read with one eye and use the other for distance (my prescription is pretty wild, so contacts have to be fairly substantial and the complications of toric lenses that would do both were … challenging).
I put them in at her office, and walked out the door.
And the biggest thing I’ve noticed is that I have to use the wrong eye on the view finder of my camera.
Other than that? I have a rapid mind, and I’m pretty happy about that most days, today included.
Babcock, K. (2017). Now See Here …. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 14, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2017/11/now-see-here/