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Welcome To The Swamp

I'm swamped.
No, really!

You’ve heard the expression, “I’m swamped!” right?

I’ve heard it. I’ve laughed at it.

I’ve been swamped the way some people get swamped and I call that …. life.

Real life is being swamped.

And feeling swamped?

Feeling swamped is taking inventory of what’s ahead of you. Well, that’s how it works for me.

I’ll often stop and assess what I have yet to do for the morning or the afternoon, or the day, or the week.

And then I’ll shake my head and get on with it.

Swamped is …

Swamped is usually a case of focusing on what is ahead of you. But that’s just normal swamped.

There is a thing I call ADHD Swamped that is completely different.

It’s different because it’s being swamped with so many things, many of them caused by my own poor planning, that there is no way that they can all get accomplished.

ADHD Swamped is …

ADHD swamped is the most sinister situation to be in.

As I said, it starts with me getting myself in to too many things.

Then they all suddenly need attention.

Is that all?

Hells NO!

ADHD got me into this, we volunteer too much. We believe we can do just one more thing.

We don’t have a clue how time works so we don’t know how long things take.

And then?

We see a limited amount of time in front of us. We don’t really understand how long it is, but we can gauge it with a bit of success by looking back on that much time and trying to figure out how much we’ve accomplished in the same period.

And then we try to focus while we stress. We know that stress exacerbates our symptoms, but we don’t know how to not stress.

Stress freedom?

Stress freedom is a myth for us. If we try to focus and set the things that are causing stress aside, we forget about them.

Not for long though. We suddenly feel like things are becoming smooth, that we’re catching up, getting ahead even.

Then suddenly we’re reminded about one of the other monumental challenges we’d set in front of ourselves.

I sometimes find myself wondering …

I wonder if I’ll ever sleep again, if I’ll ever have time to. I also wonder how it is that I managed to get myself into these situations after telling myself the last time that I would never let this happen again.

Oh well, I’d love to stay and chat about it, but I’m expected on stage right now. I’ve spent the day getting the cottage ready for renters and writing my other blog, finishing my radio show and getting it off to the station, loading up a lot of gear and driving it home.

And now?

And now I have to run an open mic, then put in an appearance at a house concert.

And tomorrow we start building Summerfolk. I also have a concert coming up in two weeks and I have to build a stage for that and finish the promotions.

And then there are all the other things that I normally do. I tell you, I’m swamped!

Welcome To The Swamp

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 on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of 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 am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with 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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Babcock, K. (2018). Welcome To The Swamp. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from


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