When I signed on to WordPress tonight, I got a notification that yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of signing up with the site.
Can you imagine how awesome it would have been if I had blogged the whole time…instead of taking over a year off? …but I didn’t.
Still, I’m back. Or…I’m trying to be back anyway. During my hiatus, I received multiple comment notifications on various blog posts. Even in my state of silence, my published words and experiences were reaching other members of the ADHD community.
Sadly, I didn’t respond to many of these comments. I’m not sure why. My ADHD blog was doing just what I had intended for it to do. It was reaching people, but I wasn’t acknowledging them or their experiences. I feel badly about this and will likely respond to those comments at some point over the next few days (weeks?).
The thing is, blogging, especially about overcoming my ADHD, OCD, etc. struggles, makes me feel like I’m making a difference. Well, at least the positive response I get from many of my readers makes me feel that way.
I’ve thought about going back to school to become an ADHD coach. There are many tools out there that can make the ADHD life easier. I could be an advocate for other ADHDers.
Anyway, I’m almost digressing here. I am still very lost, but, the point is…I already am an advocate for ADHDers. I’m not trying to toot my own horn. ADHD readers have voiced this…or at least voiced that I’m writing things they can relate to and that I’m helping them think of their struggles in new ways.
And so, as I sat here tonight trying to figure out what to blog about (having taken pics for multiple potential posts and having started multiple drafts), it occurred to me that maybe I should pay homage to the original post on this page: 5 Positive Traits of ADHD Adults.
After all, at the end of the day, despite my personal and professional struggles over the last year or so, I do still believe that adults with ADHD are determined, creative, intelligent, resilient, and courageous. And part of the reason I came here to blog in the first place was to help prove that to the rest of the world.
Don’t beat yourself up over things you wanted to get done, but were unable to. Leave that in the past and only focus on today. I know that’s easier said than done with us ADHDer’s because we tend to have that all or nothing / perfectionism trait. You’re doing a great job on your blog of reaching out into the community to reach your fellow ADHDer bloggers and at the same time, teaching the non-ADHDer’s what it’s like to live in our world. Our world is okay. It’s just different. Our brains are different and that’s something we cannot change. Different is good. It would be a really bland and boring world if we were all the same, now wouldn’t it?
Forget about yesterday, and move forward with your awesome self and do what you set out to do. 🙂
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Thanks for the encouragement, friend! You’re certainly right about letting go of the things I haven’t been able to do (for whatever reasons). Another major theme of my blog is the idea that we must (ADHD or not) understand our own shortcomings and struggles, so that we can learn to compensate for them or to accommodate them. That doesn’t mean looking back at so-called mistakes with regret and anguish. It simply means reflecting and understanding, so that we can prepare to do things differently the next time.
I agree wholeheartedly that our world (and brains) is different and that different is good. This is a philosophy I always held true to my heart. We all have our own struggles and shortcomings, but we also have our own gifts. The thing is…we need to put our energy into developing and embracing the gifts, not harping on the struggles and shortcomings.
Thanks again! I appreciate your support and kindness!
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