What a mess this world is in these last few days and weeks, eh?
Things shut down, people asked to stay home, staying six feet or more away from each other, no gatherings of more than five people here in Canada is the rule. This is a weird world indeed for us now. What used to be a random accidental meet up on a street corner is now considered socially irresponsible.
And health wise it all makes sense. But it is not normal and it’s hard to accept without realizing how much has changed and how much is going to change.
And we folks with ADHD?
We, the people with ADHD, we have a different bias on the whole thing. We accept that things are different a little quicker, possibly because we are used to things changing suddenly for us, used to thinking things were one way and then suddenly discovering that while we were wandering the pathways of our minds the attendees of the meeting decided to go a different direction and we missed that entirely and are playing catch up.
But we’ve been doing that all our lives and we’ve gotten adequate at it if not good.
If we’re being honest, that situation actually is somewhat stimulating.
And honesty also compels us to admit that stimulation is what we thrive on.
I mean, there’s a reason the most common ADHD medications are stimulants, stimulation makes us work better.
Now don’t get me wrong …
I’m not saying that a pandemic is a good thing. If I had my way we’d find something less devastating to wind us up.
But we didn’t start this fire.
It’s not anyone’s fault.
It is what it is, the current world situation.
While we are immersed in this current world theater of battle with a viral enemy, we, the people with ADHD can be stimulated by it and can use that stimulation to maintain function.
We can be the go to people for our family, we can solve day to day problems and survive and even thrive while this is going on.
My greatest worry
My fear is that when this is over and humanity settles down to rebuild and re-establish itself, those of us who will then lose our stimulation … will also lose our way again.
But if the world settles down and becomes a calmer and more stable place we will win in other ways.
So I say …
Well, I say the same thing I’ve always said. Those of us with ADHD need to carry on just like everyone else. And our best way is to start from here and move forward.
And as to the stimulating times we’re in, and the future when this has been solved, eradicated or managed in whatever way, I say the same thing to both those situations …
We are ready to deal with it. We have all had experience in finding our skills and coping mechanisms and putting them to good use.
And I say, “Bring it on!”