I took an ADHD test in the paper this morning. I passed . . . or failed depending on how you look at it. I especially liked question number one: "How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?" My answer: Always! No wonder I never finish a project, I'm just not wired that way. Why waste time on the boring part.
Rather than calling this Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder I would change the name to Adult Creative Mind Asset, ACMA. I like to think this ADHD thing is really about the fact that our brains each fall somewhere on a continuum from all left-brain to all right-brain thinking. Society values linear thinking so anything outside the "norm" is considered a disorder. Without the creative thinkers of the past, who would be drugged into conformance today, we would be living in a very different world. Was Einstein ADHD?
Question number four was interesting: "When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?" Does the fact that I never file my taxes until April 15th even when the IRS owes me money give you any clues? I just can't sit still long enough to do it.
This brings me to question number five: "How often do you fidget when you have to sit down for a long time?" Long meetings, lectures, plane trips, and school immediately came to mind. It isn't that I can't sit still. It is a matter of not wanting to sit through a two hour meeting that could have been completed in thirty minutes if other people didn't love to hear themselves talk or a lecture that just rehashes old material. If I am engaged in an interesting project, I could sit for hours. Sometimes I even forget to eat.
I only have a short amount of time on this earth to sample a small portion of the hundreds of thoughts, ideas, and images spinning constantly through my mind. I don't have time to finish every project or waste time on mundane tasks or sit still when there is so much creative potential to be explored. This is not a deficit, it is an asset.