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Things To Do In Isolation

rewire the kitchen ... again
Note: rewiring is not to be done by amateurs

Listen. I’m talking to those of you who don’t have ADHD. We, the people with ADHD, are bored all the time.

It’s not our fault though, it’s actually yours. You run the world, for the most part, and as whirlwind as you find it to be, welp, it’s actually a little slow for us.

When you think we’ve gotten distracted, we’ve actually just gotten bored. That’s when we wander off to try to find something else to do.

Ever noticed how long that takes us? Right, like fractions of a second.

So …

Now you, like us, are stuck. You’ve finished reading Facebook and Twitter (and the plot was thin, amiright?), and you’ve baked until your freezer is over flowing and your scale no longer shows a weight that matches your mass.

Let me tell you what we do when we’re bored with this world, which is often.

We ride bikes!

Okay, that’s a thing we sometimes say when we mean to imply that we’re just going to spontaneously have some fun. But it is said for a reason. We do sometimes do things like riding bikes, but they never last for long. We’ll ride until we’re distracted by something else.

We’ll throw down our bikes in a park (here in Canada you can go to the park, you just can’t play on the playground equipment), and we’ll throw ourselves face first onto the grass and look at the ants and other things that are living in the vast cities  between the forests of crab grass and dandelions.

Or …

We’ll organize our books, and by the time we’ve managed to sort through somewhere between five and twenty five of them (we often have hundreds and even thousands) we’ll have begun reading one of them and that will kill some time.

We’ll sort through the junk in the junk drawer, ostensibly to clean it out, but within a few minutes we’ll find that thing we were looking for a few days ago and we’ll be off to finish building the nuclear reactor we started in the garden shed. Well, we’ll work on it until something else takes us to the garage where we’ll remember that we had started swapping the snow tires for summer ones and then we’ll pick up that task from there.

We’ll sing

Possibly not well, but we’ll make up songs and sing them and maybe even record them on our phones.

We’ll cut our own hair. We’ll cut the kids hair if we can catch them (they’re our kids, they likely have ADHD as well, and they likely aren’t easy to catch … or even find. They have their own nuclear reactor projects going in closets and attics).

We’ll …

We’ll rewire the kitchen … again.

We’ll binge watch Jeopardy.

We’ll make elaborate plans to turn our yards into combination veggie gardens/roller coaster rides/cat habitats complete with tunnels and trees.

We’ll randomly look up things on the internet that we suddenly need to know and then we’ll click on the ad for solar panels that can be used as shingles or can openers and that will make us remember the invention we had thought of several years ago and we’ll go looking to see if anyone else has beaten us to coming up with a coffee maker that clips to your handlebars and is powered by your front tire, and then …

… we’ll remember that we left our bike at the park.

You want to know how to keep busy?

Just ask us.

We’ll tell you.

If you can keep up.

Things To Do In Isolation

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. (2020). Things To Do In Isolation. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 4, 2020, from


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