Thursday, March 31, 2016

Humor Is Definitely an Upside to ADHD

I was going to write an article about why people with ADHD complain all the time, but after the day I had yesterday, I thought I'd rather complain about everything that happened instead. No, I'm kidding. After the day I had yesterday, I need more than a blank sheet and a list of gripes.
I recently came across these old screen caps of a text conversation I had last year with a wrong number. Maybe it's just stupid silliness, but it made me laugh. I thought it would be a perfect example of an upside to ADHD for me. Then I forgot all about them.
ADHD can be a pain in the butt, that's for sure. If not for ADHD, I might be finishing up my latest book project. But no, I had to make a stupid mistake that cost me two days delay. See how easy it was too complain? It just rolls off the tongue. Instead, I want to write about how ADHD makes me zany and unpredictable sometimes in a way that makes life fun. The lack of impulse control is often seen as a detriment, and I've got the experiences to show for it. However, lack of impulse control also allows for outrageous creativity, non-sequitur humor, and flashes of inspiration that give adults with ADHD an edge. It's a gift, so don't suppress yourself so much that you kill that spark of creativity.
I have no idea what was going through my head the day this wrong number came in. My brother's name is Matt. This guy's name was Matthew. It was a strange coincidence where we both thought we knew each other at first. When I shared these screen caps the other day with my 17yo, she said, "What are you wearing?!? Why on earth did you say that?!" Who knows? I just felt like it. I'm glad I did, though. Because of it, I had one crazy conversation with a stranger that probably made him laugh, too. (I'm green.)