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Rick Webster is the Founder and CEO of Rena-Fi, a financial literacy education company dedicated to creating ADHD-friendly resources and support systems. 

ADHD: A Day in the Life

June 2020

“It’s 12:38 in the afternoon and I just put on my second shoe … “

That was an actual and true message I sent to my girlfriend across the country a few days ago.

I’d gotten up around 6:00 or 6:30, as per my usual.  Scattered, as per my usual.  Breakfast, a shower, my teeth … oh, and the work things I need to get to … and I need to get some exercise.  Breakfast?  I need to finish getting dressed.  I have several text messages to return, I’ll do that!  Where is the time going?  My desk is cluttered … AGAIN.  I need to work on that, but I REALLY need to go fix breakfast.  I’m determined.  I’m going to get a handle on the day.  One shoe?  Screw it!  Breakfast!  Now!

It’s on the stove.  I have a Zoom meeting in ten minutes.  My food won’t quite be done.  I’ll have to eat it cold.  What?  I only have one shoe on.  Got to get on Zoom.  I need a dress shirt.  I’ve got less than two minutes!  I hate being late.  

Handled it.  Zoom went well.  I always do well “live” and in person.  It’s what I do.  Crisis!  Without it would I get anything done?  Seriously, I’m afraid of the answer.  

I have so much work to catch up on.  So much.

My breakfast is cold.  I’m not even hungry anymore.  Exercise!  I’m going for a walk.  It’s 12:38 and I need my other shoe … 

I’m so in need of being understood.  I know what to do, but doing it … that’s the problem.  I know what people think.  I don’t need advice from those who think they know how to fix me.  I don’t know how to explain what seems inexplicable, even to me.  I don’t make excuses.  All I know is that with my ADHD tribe, I feel at home.  I’m at peace.  I feel accepted, connected and valued.  I feel healed and useful.  Better than any med, my brain settles into functional mode … and I’m okay.

Richard Webster, the author of this article, is CEO and founder of Rena-Fi, Inc. His opinions and viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect that of Rena-Fi, Inc.

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