Do you curl? Not likely. The number of people who curl make up a minuscule percentage of the population.
Let me describe it to you. You take turns throwing rocks down a sheet of ice and try to outscore the other team.
The closest rock to the center of the target scores. Seems simple right?
But how rocks end up where they do, is not simple?
What does this have to do with ADHD?
Well, ADHD is a disorder that causes a mind that is constantly aware of an infinite number of things going on.
This world is full of distractions, and we, the people with ADHD who thrive on excitement and adventure are both overjoyed and distressed by those distractions.
They are our lives yet they fill us with wonder and sorrow simultaneously. They rule our universe.
And by comparison …
In the game of curling, the person throwing the rock is told where the rock is supposed to end up, which path it should take, how hard it should be thrown, and which way to spin the rock so that it curls along the right trajectory.
When throwing the rock, all these things must be taken into account … but once released, it is literally out of their hands.
What happens next?
How fast the rock is moving determines how far it will travel, and also how much it will curl. And whether it was delivered on the line that was called or whether it missed that line will also have an effect on where it ends up.
But worse than that, whether or not a rock has passed over the ice before or not will affect it. And whether the ice has warmed up, gotten colder or stayed the same temperature will make a difference.
And additionally, sweeping the ice will make the rock curl less and travel farther.
Imagine this …
One person has called the shot, another one has thrown it and it is in motion, and you are the sweeper. You cannot touch the rock. It started out slow, a little light as we say, so you need to sweep it, but it also was right on the line that was called so it needs to curl because that was the plan and there’s a guard rock in the way and you don’t want to hit it.
Or maybe the rock was supposed to just come up against a rock and bump it or just sit right on it, we call that a freeze, but the throw was too heavy. A heavier rock curls less. You can’t fix this shot because it is never going to curl to the target, and even if it did, it would bump that other stone right out, and there are times when you don’t want that.
And even when everything seems right … sometimes there’s something as simple as a hair or a thread or some other debris that has fallen on the ice and the rock loses speed or changes direction.
Here’s the ADHD of it
In all these situations and many more that I don’t have room to describe, what was supposed to happen isn’t going to happen. But, something is going to happen, and as the rock is flying down the sheet of ice, new plans have to be made, possibilities weighed, commands to sweep or not have to be given.
And in the end, whatever happens … happens.
It’s so much like life with ADHD that it is beautiful to behold.
You start out doing one thing, and then something happens to change it all, and you have to roll with it.
That’s ADHD in a nutshell. Only with ADHD the changes often occur within the mind.
In reality, curling is hard … but ADHD is harder.
Now, ask me about curling with ADHD …