Here it comes.
It’s warming up, starting to rev the engines.
I can feel the whole season easing into gear, starting to press down on the accelerator …
And it just seems to happen. Things pop up that have nothing more to do with the season than that people are trying to get things done before the holidays.
This week I had two doctors appointments, one disrupted my Wednesday schedule right from the start of the day.
I usually go out of town on Wednesdays, but I had to stay and work here instead.
And then there are things that do relate to the holiday season. Yesterday I had the good fortune to be allowed to record an audio segment of four primary school classes singing seasonal songs.
That was fun, but not part of my usual week. And I had to pack up gear and set up gear and talk to about sixty grade twos and threes and not mess up the recording stuff and then remember to save it before I shut the system down.
… all the way!
And the day after tomorrow I’m supposed to be in a parade. It’s a Christmas parade in the village I grew up in, Kemble, Ontario. It’s non-motorized, a lot of people and animals walking, and we’re going with our dragon boat crew to participate with the head and tail and our paddles and PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices).
I hope we don’t sink.
And as if that weren’t enough
Earlier this week the microwave stopped doing some of the things we need it to do. So I had to replace it.
And the new one, when I got it home, had clearly been damaged in the stock room, nothing major, a little cosmetic scuffing and a bit of a ding, but the door wouldn’t stay closed.
And if I’m already swamped, and things keep coming up that need attending to, then I do not really have the time to stand by the microwave and hold the door closed while it cooks things for me.
And speaking of cooking
We started the week with almost enough meals prepared that we didn’t have to cook all week … until suppertime on Thursday. When you get out of the habit of doing something, sometimes it’s hard to get back into it.
And when other things keep coming up, well, this week was stressful for me, in many ways.
And stress exacerbates ADHD symptoms.
So? What am I saying?
I’m saying this season is tough for you and me. But we already know what tough is, we live it all the time. Yes, things are going to get crazy this time of year. And yes, our ADHD is going to be dialed up for us, but we’ve done this before, and survived.
Let’s practice taking a step back, breathing, examining our situations and then engaging again. Let’s not just have ADHD for Christmas, let’s have Christmas, and our ADHD as well.
Let’s accept … and celebrate the holidays.
This too shall pass.