The Squirrel and ADHD – A Recipe for Laughter
As the punchline in many ADHD jokes, the squirrel is well known for it’s distractability factor. Part of that is because squirrels are everywhere. And part of it is because…well, you really just can’t help but look when you see one (at least as an ADHDer); they’re intriguing, little performers. Having posted about the ADHD squirrel phenomenon pretty recently, I wouldn’t usually bring it back up (at least not so soon).
But This Selfie Story Changes Everything
This story on Buzzfeed couldn’t be ignored. Brian Genest got distracted by the squirrel above while he was hiking…and decided he wanted to take a squirrel-featured selfie.
…which he succeeded in.
…but shortly thereafter, things took a turn for the worst.
In a seemingly spontaneous assault, the squirrel pounced on Brian and proceeded to attack. Luckily, the word on the street (aka per the aforementioned credible sources) is that Brian and the squirrel both made it out of this horrific (somewhat hysterical – let’s be honest) attack alive (and uninjured).
Why Would a Squirrel Turn Like That?
My theory is that squirrels everywhere are tired of being blamed for our distractability (and, by default, our ADHD)…so they’re ready to fight back when they see it going down. It’s about to get real. This guy…this squirrel…is the leader of the revolution and this was his first (documented/viral) battle.
ADHDers Heed This Warning
So, I leave you with this…be wary of the squirrel that snags your attention. Resist the urge to be distracted by the fun, furry, little creature. As we’ve learned in this story, not all distractions are worth giving in to. Sometimes they end in blood and tears (read: comical experiences that result in viral celebrity status and no significant injuries to write home about).
I’m not really saying that Brian Genest is a fellow ADHDer…or that he was actually distracted by anything as a result of his encounter with the squirrel. This post (and the story itself) is really just an opportunity to poke fun at the distractability (and countless jokes) that squirrels have provided to the ADHD community…well, probably since the beginning of time.
love squirrels… raised some….so this post is my favorite so far….
Okay, THAT’s awesome! Did you read my other squirrel post? I mean, they are pretty cool animals. I’m super intrigued that you raised some. We were gonna do a video in college called “Squirrels Gone Wild,” instead of “Girls Gone Wild,” but it just would have been a whole bunch of squirrels doing squirrel things…not like running around flashing people and such.