Yesterday I went on a bit of a rant.
I really am.
I mean, I meant every word of what I said, but, if you read it, I’m sorry you had to take the brunt of my unhappiness.
For what it’s worth …
If you’re one of the people who like to think of ADHD as a different way of thinking, good for you.
I mean, that may not be what it is in the details, but that’s exactly how it manifests itself to the outside world.
I just had a problem with the word “Just.”
It sounds like
When people say “just” as an editor, I’m trained to recognize that that diminishes the impact of what follows.
And if we think differently, then let’s own it, dammit. (Sorry, starting to rant again a bit)
So, a different way
Let’s accept that our brains track differently, that we notice things that grab our attention when those same things might go unnoticed by others.
And let’s accept that this often means we miss things that others think are important, whether they are or not. (Sometimes things are deemed to be important just because they are what others do notice.)
But let’s remember that we are the ones who notice the things that others miss and sometimes those things turn out to be as important as the things others catch.
There’s a reason …
We are seen, often, as problem solvers. It’s because we are used to being distracted, used to having our minds flit from one thought to another.
And often those thoughts appear disconnected, but that is true very rarely.
I’m well aware that, in the space of ten seconds silence , I can come up with something to say that seems so disconnected from the conversation that it seems like I’m starting a completely new thread. But I can usually trace the connections back and repeat them when I’m asked to.
So, while others are “Focused on the Problem,” people with brains like mine are often bouncing from cause to effect and tracing the first change required to bring about a solution.
It doesn’t happen naturally, but it does happen if we work at it. And our minds are conducive to that kind of thinking.
So with a little training and the easy way we can flit from thought to thought, we can be the problem solvers we were … maybe meant to be?
When you say ADHD is “A different way of thinking,” don’t say “Just” at the beginning of that.
ADHD is a different way of thinking that has the potential to be exploited to great advantage to all of us, ADHDers and NTers alike.
We all have a place in this world, and that should be acknowledged and accepted by everyone.
Now go solve a problem.