Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Hound Dog True (with apologies to Linda Urban)
My ADD/ADHD is like a gift.
I'm gifted at making connections. Between people and people, people and books, people and ideas. Among things. I was born to work in the library. I store things away and then, voila, these two things go together!
I'm gifted at solving problems. Because I can focus on what's happening and see the connections. This isn't working because of this. Have you tried this thing or that thing or this other thing? Give me a minute or two.
I'm gifted at research. Again, my ability to focus comes into play. You need all the books, websites, movies, poems, short stories on this topic? Just hang a sec, I'm going to do it now!
But, my ADD/ADHD can also be a hindrance.
I have a hard time listening without interrupting. My brain is busy making it's connections and it just wants to tell you everything right NOW! So I practice writing things on paper while I'm listening. And if I know you very well, I tell you when I'm losing focus. And hope you don't give up on me. Just make it shorter, please.
I have a hard time working on boring things (like paperwork) long term. I've learned to do things in 15 or 20 minutes bursts. I switch to something else then come back and every hour - I MUST take a break!! I also must have a schedule. What to do on Mondays, or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. Or bills don't get paid and groceries don't get bought.
Ultimately, I must take my medications - which I do like clockwork - but I also have to have plans in place. I try not to be embarrassed because of the reminders that pop up on my phone and computer. I try to stick to my schedule even on the weekends. And I try to connect with students and let them know I understand what they are going through. I really - oh shiny!
I'm joining the Slice of Life March Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I'm late to the game but I'm staying until the end. #slice2013