Financial paperwork. Legal documents. Old tax returns. Contracts. Shoot me now! I’ve had a month to locate and compile all the paperwork for my meeting this Tuesday. Tuesday is tomorrow. I started yesterday. And this is a victory over procrastination because normally I would have started looking today
Ah, holiday traditions.
Familiar customs. Annual events.
Like that nephew who always breaks something valuable. The uncle who tells everyone what’s wrong with this country.
Now and then someone will tell me that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a gift. A big, fat, wonderful, exciting gift.
Rather than a problem, disorder, constant challenge, or, on bad days, a curse.
Why such opposing views?
Before I was diagnosed as having ADHD, I had a lot of beliefs about myself. And about what ADHD was. And therefore, why I couldn’t have ADHD.
A belief is not the truth.
Let’s be honest. Since ADHD is still not well understood by neuroscience, what you and I ‘know’ about ADHD probably contains some erroneous assumptions, outdated clichés, and a few gaps. Possibly some major gaps.
There are definitely benefits to having ADHD, but first things first: A Caveat. A Clarification. A Disclaimer. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a gift. It is not a blessing. And I’m not suggesting it is wonderful.
Having someone to connect with is such a gift. Somehow speaking things aloud, and being heard, gets it out of our system. Especially when it’s something that others can identify with. ‘You have five alarm clocks? So do I!’
I’ve mentioned recently that at my lowest moments, despairing, I thought, “I wish I’d never been diagnosed.”
That’s not true, of course. Having an explanation for some of my challenges, an explanation that I can work with, has been hugely helpful.