ADHD is incredibly frustrating…for us, for our parents, our children, our spouses, etc. and while I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, I wouldn’t necessarily wish it away from myself either. I’ll admit, living with ADHD has been no picnic; day-to-day life can pretty much be a struggle, BUT, I have learned ways to simplify those challenges, and have found a way to harness some of the incredible potential that come along with having the disorder. While learning how to manage some of the less desirable traits that are associated with ADHD, I have learned to appreciate some of the positive characteristics of ADHD.
Today’s ADHD trait to appreciate……
Now…some of the characteristics associated with ADHD can certainly be viewed as negative traits if we do not learn to channel them in a positive direction. Our impulsive nature can easily get us into trouble if we aren’t careful. ?Now that I have learned (am continuing to learn) to harness the power of these characteristics, I can almost even say that I am grateful for this crazy brain of mine.
I owe some of my greatest memories to impulsive decisions. I write this as I am still feeling the rush of the adrenaline fueled euphoria from my experience this week at World Series game 2!!! As a lifelong Cubs fan, I am over the moon about their first pennant win in 71 years! ?Its been nearly twice my lifetime since the Cubs have been in the World Series, and I needed?to be a part of it.
Now the ticket prices here in Chicago were almost three times the price of tickets to see the game in Cleveland, so I opted to make the financially responsible decision and bought two tickets for game 2 in Cleveland…which is five hours away…and the game was on a Wednesday….and I work…
If I were a more practical person I would have missed this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although the tickets cost significantly less for Cleveland’s game, they were still a large purchase. I had to work on Wednesday as well as Thursday not to mention that it was a…Five. Hour. Drive.
But I’m not always so practical, and my desire to be a part of history in the making, superseded the aforementioned inconveniences. So, I grabbed my phone and pulled up my StubHub app…and I bought the tickets. ?And that’s when I decided I ?decided to figure out a way to make it happen.
Fortunately, I work with some amazing ladies and I was able to get my shifts covered. My incredibly understanding….and tolerant husband, (a Sox fan) was supportive and even happy for me. (thank God!) So I called my dear friend, and fellow Cubs fanatic, and told her “We’re going to The World Series!!”
We packed up and drove to Cleveland and had the most amazing time that will forever be a part of my fondest memories of a life well lived. I managed to hyper-focus (covered in the next article’s ADHD trait to appreciate) on designing a third grade level Cubs sign on the drive down there, and we even ended up on the news after the game! ?And we got a “W”!!!
So, while ADHD has certainly caused its share of hardships in my life, I believe it has caused an equal amount of benefits. ?This is just one example of the benefits of ADHD. Stay tuned for more!