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Fun With ADD :)

Updated on February 2, 2012

I Have an Idea...

I think life with ADD could be fun.

I didn't say easy. I didn't say normal. I simply said

And here's why: the things that entertain us most in life aren't easy or normal. The jokes and comedies that get the loudest guttural laughs from people are the ones in which profoundly absurd things happen. I can't imagine anyone being entertained by a movie about a mom who gets up on time, fixes a perfectly nutritious breakfast for her well-behaved darlings, and then carts them off to school in her Chelsea Tractor looking like Audrey Hepburn all the while. Real life just doesn't work that way, thank God!

Life is fun because it is unpredictable and ever-changing. Yeah, I know - it doesn't seem fun forgetting your doctor's appointment for the second time in a row, or driving through traffic at mach speed because you couldn't get yourself organized in time, once again. I'm not saying that we don't have a duty to work on our short-comings. Nothing amuses me less than frantically looking for my keys every single day, even though I do have an (unused) designated spot for them. But, and this may seem like a big butt - if we took life just a little less seriously we would realize one thing: a life less ordinary is almost always going to be preferrable to one that's monotonous. Step away from yourself, step away from the emotion, and if you can - see them both from a distance. What you will notice is that these little hiccups in life are the elements that give it contrast. They make everything sharper. If you took the higher view, you could even say they make it ... fun.

Think back at some of your misshaps of the past. Like idling through the grocery store, dragging behind you the panty hose that lodged themselves inside your jeans' leg whilst in the dryer. Or the time you wore two different shoes to work because you were late and too preoccupied to notice. Or when you fell up the stairs at the stadium because you were distracted by an unusual looking spectator - you couldn't possibly be expected to walk and look at the same time! Or when ... you fill in the blanks. Now think back to a day when everything went according to plan - your day went smoothly without a hitch. If you can't remember a day like this, imagine one in your head right now. Now ask yourself, which are more memorable - the easy days or the misshaps? And which of these made you laugh? And which of them make life just a little less ordinary?

I'm not saying it's always fun. But it can be fun at least sometimes...


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    • Nordy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      You are so right, the hyperfocus can be an amazing part of ADD when its used to an advantage. Thanks for your comment!

    • Nordy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks psychatz. I hear what you are saying about the getting it together factor, I struggled with that for so many years. I feel so fortunate to have had people in my life that accepted my ADD far before I ever did. My hope is to educate the loved ones of ADDers to understand that it is simply not a case of bad behaviour the ADDer can just get together, or if not - to at least help ADDers be more resilient to the criticism of the uneducated (about ADD)!

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      Roberta Kyle 

      6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I love this Hub-- when life hands you lemons make lemonade-- hey you forgot the part about how the ADD mind can be super sharp and original once it is calmed down enough to focus. Nice hub

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      6 years ago

      I like your attitude. Yep I agree life would be pretty boring if everything went according to plan. The down side of ADD/ADHD can be the constant struggle to keep up. The nag,nag,nagging from everyone around you to "get it together", and the self esteem that tends to swirl around the drain when being successful or just on par seems to be a goal that isn't attainable.


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