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Challenge Accepted!

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I told you yesterday that I got through a bunch of stuff. Did I mention that I got my back up system running again?

Well, I did, and I got caught up writing blog posts for the blogs I write for.

And then I started working on the radio show that I do every four weeks.

The thing is, I record it myself in my home studio and then send it off as files to the radio station.

Sounds simple, right?

It’s simple enough when everything is working well.

But my main system, as I told you yesterday, has failed. So it went down to the shop for repairs yesterday after I finished writing.

And then I got out my back up system once again and asked it to do a lot more than it has ever done before.


I asked it to just let me write a script. That’s nothing for it, it’s been used for writing for a long time.

But while I was writing I realized that my vault of music is on my main system. I had to start ripping music to digital files for inclusion in the radio files.

Game little computer that it is it cheerfully hung on while I did that.


Then I realized I was going to have to install audio recording software on it.

We’re talking a pretty heavy load of program files. The hard drive could take it, but I wasn’t sure I had enough RAM to run them.

And add to that, actual recordings themselves, all held in memory at the same time.

And it all has to work smoothly or it corrupts the audio files.

And additionally

Once I’ve created an hour long show, I then have to cut it into twenty minute segments, copy twenty minutes at a time and put them into a new iteration of the audio software and then ask the poor thing to render that to an mp3 file for sending to the station.

And at every step, some new challenge cropped up.

Admittedly, my back up computer system handled every challenge I threw at it with remarkable ease given its age and limitations, but I also kept going just like the day before.

And now?

As of right now, I’m looking at being almost caught up.

In fact, when I click the publish button on this post and it magically appears in front of your eyes, I will be done all the stuff I’d fallen behind on.

And as I said yesterday, systems failures are like having predefined distractions. In a way, this is almost like having an easy version of ADHD for a while.

No, really!

It’s no wonder we thrive in trouble shooting and problem solving situations, each road block we encounter is just like a distraction to us.

Where others would get frustrated, we just get busy.

This is just life as usual, only the problems we encounter are like prompts and cue cards. “Go here next!” “Do this now.”

Easy peasy, my friend.

Challenge Accepted!

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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Babcock, K. (2019). Challenge Accepted!. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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