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Warning: Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

December 11th, 2018
We got this, but do we want it?

This is a public service announcement. The holidays are coming.

If you are like me, you will be looking at the calendar and saying to yourself, “Well, yeah, but there’s still two weeks until Christmas.”

And you’re right, as of today there are two weeks until Christmas day.

But …

While that sounds like a lot of time, I need to remind you that we have ADHD.

And that means we have no freaking idea how much time two weeks actually is.

And now I’m going to tell you some scary stuff!

BOO! (sorry)

In the next two weeks, you will be required to do the things you hope to do for Christmas if you intend to get them done for Christmas.

In the next two weeks others will also require you to do things for Christmas that aren’t part of the usual load you bear in any randomly selected two week period.

Not so bad?

Well, no, not really. But I’m not done yet.

In the next two weeks the screens will be fighting for your attention.

In the next two weeks you will hear the same songs played over and over and over, and none of them are new. Well, very few of them are. And the new stuff will be things that are geared to attract your attention, to lure you away from whatever you were concentrating on and ponder the spending of time and money (mostly money) on new and unusual things.

In the next two weeks there will be parties, and we love parties, am I right? Well, we love the concept of parties and look forward to them, the only ones we dislike are the ones we’ve already been to.

In the next two weeks we will also start remembering things we wanted to do that we now do not have enough time to do. The depression will begin to set in with that.

And lastly …

In the next two weeks we will still be required to attempt to do all the regular things we do that we find to be overwhelming in any given two week period in November or January or July …

We have just two weeks to do it all …

There’s good news though …

First, I’ve warned you, you’re ready for this.

Second, I’m telling you right now that in my life and world the secret to a happy holiday season is to go easy on yourself when it comes to guilt and blame. You’ve got the rest of the year for that. 😉 Okay, you can take some of next year to feel bad as well if you must.

And third, all the bad feelings that come with the holidays for people with ADHD, the disappointment in ourselves, the horror of letting others down, the shock of suddenly remembering something you forgot that is too late to fix, all that stuff and more that we have to look forward to …

There’s only two weeks of it. We got this. Take a deep breath and let’s do it.

Warning: Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

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.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). Warning: Objects Are Closer Than They Appear. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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