I got to thinking today after listening to this that they make a good point.
How about accepting who I am, faults and all? How about accepting that I’m that incredibly intelligent person that others tell me I am, yet have to do things differently in order to succeed?
Wow. Really? I can learn to accept this and live a fruitful, successful life with incredible purpose?
I think that being accepting of this, yet not making excuses for it, can help me move forward. I’ve wanted to believe that this was all just a “fad diagnosis.” Oh, I’ve wanted to believe it so badly.
My family has also tried telling me that I’m just fine and need to buckle down. I even let my mother read my ADHD testing paperwork once done and she still didn’t believe it. She has no problem classifying my dad this though! Another family member also said to me, “(Snicker) DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT ADHD IS? DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT STANDS FOR? YOU’RE NOT HYPERACTIVE!”
(I’m not, Ms. Snickerer. It’s ADHD, Inattentive type.)
I wanted to believe them so badly. I wanted to be like everyone else! I’m not though, which is okay!
This was such a good podcast which helped me to see that I am okay, ADHD and all. I am different, and that’s okay. I work differently, which is okay also! I get it done, but have to go about it differently.
Accepting that I’m different doesn’t mean justifying my disorganization or anything else. It means coming to terms with who I am. It means learning to do things differently to succeed in this world.
So, I just want to say thank you to Jennifer and Rob for this podcast. It’s good to realize that I’m okay, yet different.
It’s good to start accepting that.