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Not Your Average Guy

Beyond average gauge
My needle is shaking …

I’m not what you might call normal, not average in any way.

Well, okay, I’m average height, I guess, and average weight.

And maybe average would be a good way to describe my looks, I’m not movie star material but I’m also not quite a gargoyle.

But I am not an average person in so many ways, and I’ve lived a life that isn’t all that average as well.

Nothing spectacular

It’s true, my name is not a household word in any household but my own. I’m not well known or famous. I’m not anything much.

But that’s less a result of not being spectacularly unique and more a result of being spectacularly unique in a buzillion little ways.

I am a Swiss Army Knife!

You remember when you were young and had that knife that would do just about anything,? It was the one that wore a hole in the pocket of every pair of jeans you carried it in.

You know the one. It had a fork and a knife, but because they were attached to each other and stuck out in opposite directions, you couldn’t actually hold your food with the fork part while you cut it with the knife.

That’s me. I’m perfectly ready to go at any little task, but I may be unable to complete some of the more intricate things. And I will try to do everything by myself.

I’ve done all these things …

If being a professional means I’ve been paid to do something, then I have been a professional everything. Okay, not everything, but so many things.

I’ve been a dish washer, a pot washer, a server, I’ve done wiring, masonry, framing, roofing, plumbing, insulating, drywalling, painting, wallpapering, and decking. I’ve been a musician, a poet, a writer, an auctioneer, a driver, a printer, a computer technician, a computer support person, a gardener, a farm hand, an arborist, and a snow removal person.

In addition to those paid gigs I’ve hosted musical shows and radio shows and television shows, though I haven’t always been paid for those.

Additionally …

I’ve done wood working, stained glass work, towing, demolition work and general all around labor in some of the strangest places for the strangest reasons with the strangest outcomes.

I’m a passable outdoorsman, a sturdy hiker, an art critic and an editor. I bake and I cook and I grill. I do laundry with skill, though I often can’t be bothered to fold my own clothes. I manage to keep my lawn and garden equipment running reasonably smoothly with little intervention from professionals and I use that equipment to keep my lawns and gardens in reasonably not too over grown condition.

And all this?

I blame all this and more on the fact that I have ADHD.

And when I find something interesting, I can no more turn away from it than I can levitate at will.

You see, I cannot be distracted from any one thing unless I am attracted to something else first.

And those attractions? They keep adding up.

What all do you do? What have you done? How long is your list?

Not Your Average Guy

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. (2019). Not Your Average Guy. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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