It’s only been in recent years that I realized I have ADHD. It went unnoticed (or I was in denial) in large part due to my ADHD. I was distracted by other things that appeared to be bigger in the mirror. I guess. I was also ignorant of the fact that hyperactivity didn’t have to be present to have other characteristics. It all gets called ADHD to make it easier on the world.
It used to be embarrassing that I have been interested in and tried so many different hobbies (you should see all the tabs I have open on my browser)… Mrs. Guilt, at your service! But since learning about ADHD and talking with family members who also have it, I’m learning to be comfortable in my own skin, a happier person. Diagnosing doesn’t mean it has to be an excuse for “bad behavior” or “bad habits”. Learning about it brings understanding for those of us who get overwhelmed with all of our ADHD characteristics.
I have to say–my family members are ALL amazing at what they achieve despite their glorious genetic inheritance. They have taught me a lot about finding ways to live a better quality of life.
My favorite tool in dealing with ADHD is to laugh at myself. Because, frankly, I’ve wasted too many hours of my life being self loathing about my forgetfulness, inability to complete tasks, cutting people off in conversation, procrastination, disorganization, and forgetfulness. “Whew!
Now, for a few jokes and quotes for all of us ADHDers out there:
#1 – Joke (our family favorite):
Question: How many kids with ADHD does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Answer: Wanna go ride bikes?
#2 – Quote: