When I was young I lived and worked on a farm. It was a family farm. It was my family’s farm.
And I loved it.
There was always something to do. There was structure. There was responsibility.
Well, yes … and no.
There were things that needed to be done every day. Chores, milking, feeding the animals, looking after the garden in various ways.
But those routines, as rigid as they were, also changed regularly.
We didn’t plant the garden all year long. That was Spring. We didn’t weed the garden all year long, that was Summer. And we didn’t harvest the garden all year long, that was late Spring to Mid autumn.
And Winter? Winter we spent eating what had come out of the garden.
There were chores like feeding the beef cattle. But beef cattle have a habit of becoming beef, and when that happens we no longer need to feed them.
Cows need to have a break, so milking doesn’t last for ever if you have just one cow. There’s a rest and then they’re bred and then they give birth and then the milking starts again.
And pulling hay down out of the mow and feeding the animals a few bales of it at a time was pretty easy work compared to the two or three weeks that were spent in cutting that hay and baling it and putting it into the barn.
Structure & routine?
Yes, both. In pretty good proportion, too.
And sometimes the routine would be interrupted by something as simple as the day.
Sometimes it would rain
It’s like that in life, sometimes things change what we were going to do.
And if you have an ADHD life, sometimes a good rainfall type of interruption to your routine is exactly what you need for your sanity.
Structure demands that you use the time for other things and your ADHD won’t let you sit idle, but rainfall can remind you not to get stuck in the rut of routine.
It has its place, but it needs to be reminded to stay in its place.
We all need to remember that rain, like other things in life, will not be denied.