I live in Canada. It’s late February. There’s snow.
Really a lot of snow.
We’re having a blizzard today.
And that means things are closed, things are cancelled, things are called off.
It also means that there are other things to do.
Highways are closed, and lots of places have closed. Appointments have been cancelled or re-booked. Some factories have been closed.
But driveways and sidewalks need clearing and in town streets need to be kept open if possible.
In my case, I need to go get gas for the snowblower or we’re going to be stuck here until spring.
No big deal
We are quite used to this in the great white north where the word white refers to our snowy seasons. We are a country with indigenous people who have dozens of words for different types of snow. We are the inventors of the snowmobile.
We get this, and we deal.
We move forward, or, we stay still until we can move forward and when that happens we just move on like it was any other day, because this is the way of life here.
So I’m sitting here
I’m working because I work mostly from home. But my partner is here because her office is closed.
Things are different because we need to make sure our heating vents aren’t obstructed, because we need to clear our walkway in case someone needs to get to our door, because we need to make sure we can get out if there is a need for that.
Things … are different
I’m reminded of life with ADHD. I’m cruising along with my life, knowing I have things to do, and something makes me do other things and at the end of the day the things I needed to do are sometimes still waiting for me.
This is different because I’m not being distracted by internal pressure, I’m being redirected by external pressure.
But this gives me the opportunity to explain what it is like to have ADHD, or at least one small aspect of it.
Imagine yourself here in my land. Imagine yourself unable to go to work because of the weather. Maybe you already know what that’s like? I don’t know. If you do, this should be easy for you to understand.
Now, imagine the day is drawing to a close, and the weather is settling down. And you can tell that the driveway won’t be blocked tomorrow morning and you’ll be able to get to work.
And then you start thinking about what you were supposed to do today at work. And you start feeling like you’ve fallen behind.
It wasn’t your fault
You couldn’t help it. I know what that’s like.
But now … imagine that this is the third time this month, and there’s still a week to go. Imagine this happens four to ten times every month, and you can’t help it.
Imagine you bust your hump trying to keep up, work so hard sometimes that you should be way ahead, but you’re just barely making it.
Imagine that the forecast is for one to three days like this every week.
You, my friend, are ADHD Snowed.