I’m sure many of us with ADHD have heard this. I have on a couple of occasions. But the truth is, no we’re not all a little ADHD sometimes. Yes, everyone will forget something from time to time, or lose an important piece of paper.
But the truth of the matter is, for those of us with ADHD, this happens every day. We struggle to remember things. We struggle to stay organized. We struggle to focus on tasks at work and at home. We’re lucky if we even manage to complete a task. Completing it on time is even more of a challenge. This is our daily life. It’s everyday. Some days may be better than others, but it’s still there.
It’s not that we want to forget or struggle to focus. We’d much rather be able to. However, reality is this is just how our brain functions. It is how our brain is. It’s who we are.
Trust me, there have been days when I really wished my brain worked differently. Wished I could focus without the help of medication. Wished I didn’t have ADHD. But the fact is that I do. I am going to struggle with focusing on tasks, on organizing, on cleaning, and with so many things that should come easily, or come a little more easily to others.
It’s not easy to live with, and I’m sure it’s not easy for my husband either, but I do appreciate him putting up with for so long. I’m amazed we’ve managed this far. Yes, he has his complaints and I know he wishes I’d be more organized and such, but I am grateful that he stuck by me and still supports me.
My brain is different. Not better. Not worse. Just different. The way it processes things is different. And it does affect my day-to-day life.
So, please understand that we are not all a little ADHD. Some do have ADHD, like me, and it affects us every day. It’s not something that you have some of the time.