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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
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.