ADHD can be incredibly exhausting; for those of us living with it and for those of us who love someone living with it. The day to day challenges that we’re faced with, as a result of our neurological makeup, can cause us to become frustrated, overwhelmed, and oftentimes isolated. Sometimes we do not have the good fortune of being in the company others whom are accepting and understanding ?of our differences.
Sometimes we piss people off and we know it. We are incredibly keen on picking up on the energy of our surroundings. We can sense the frustration of our colleagues, teachers, friends, and even our own family members, (especially our own family members) when we’ve forgotten something, misplaced something, or broken something, yet again.
We are painfully aware of the burden placed upon those who are required to pick up our slack.
We begin to feel misunderstood, criticized, and alone. Nobody likes to feel alone.
I am here to tell you that you are not alone. The fact is that some of the characteristics of ADHD are not exactly celebrated in our society so we very often try to keep our little “ADHD moments” to ourselves.
I’ve composed a pretty lengthy list of such moments and have decided to share a few of them here…with you. Some are funny, most are ?embarrassing, and a few of them are things that I seem to do on the regular! So, at my expense…enjoy! We are in this together!
- I once went to the airport on the wrong day.
- Another time I went to the wrong airport. (there are 2 major airports in Chicago. I just assumed my flight was out of Ohare…I assumed wrong.)
- I have had my library card privileges revoked…on multiple occasions.
- ?I backed my car out of the garage and right into my daughter’s parked car.
- I once sat at a flashing red light for a good 10 minutes until another car pulled up behind me and?yelled a not-so-pleasant reminder that it was my turn to proceed.
- I routinely pay for my purchases without actually taking them home with me.
- I will sometimes buy clothes without trying them on first and when they look?nothing?like I’d imagined they would look when I put them on, the receipt is inevitably long gone.
- I sometimes try to get into the wrong car in parking lots. There have been times when the car doesn’t even?look?like mine. Once a person was actually in the car that I attempted to get into. Scared the bejeezus out of both of us!
- I have shown up to work on days that I was not scheduled.
- Forgotten about the brownies in the oven
- Forgotten that the kids had a half-day at school
- Forgotten that the kids had NO school at all.
- Painted a portion of the room and ran out of paint. Threw the paint can away and completely forgot the name of my paint color. (Not sure I ever even?knew the name of the paint color to begin with)
- Left my purse in a cab. It contained my passport and my work ID but not my driver’s license) The driver was so kind to attempt to return it to me by bringing it in to the hospital where I worked, but I was not there that day. He wasn’t comfortable leaving it there so he left his phone number on a piece of paper for me to contact him. I subsequently lost said piece of paper. Never saw the purse again.
- I am usually in the midst of reading 6-7 books at a time.
- I just counted 9 open browsers on my laptop.
- The perfect projects for me are those that do not outlast my interest and passion for the project
- All of my drawers are junk drawers
- Whenever I open my microwave, I usually find something that I heated up hours ago….and completely forgot about.
- My irrational fears include registering for something on time, calling to make an appointment for anything, and waiting in line.
- In grammar school the lost-and-found box was relabeled “Jessica’s stuff.”
- The clocks in my house are all fast as an attempt to “trick myself” into being on time. It drives my family crazy!
- I usually do my writing at night. In bed. On my laptop. With the TV on. While scrolling through my phone.
- My pediatrician once reminded me that my son was born on May 9th and not May 7th. (good catch Doc.)
- I once left my car running for an entire 6 hour work shift.
- I was fired from my first job as a waitress for putting the “closed” sign up an hour before we closed because I had plans that evening and wanted to get out early.
- I have something VERY important to say! Borderline urgent. ?I must. not. interrupt. I can hardly contain this gem of information any longer! Must. wait. my. turn. Oh thank God, he’s done talking!…..now what was it I wanted to say?