What is Your ADHD Theme Song?

by Margit Crane on September 9, 2014

 

Do you have an ADHD theme song? Something that pumps you up or makes you feel smushy and full of love? Being a person with ADHD, of course I have more than one theme song, depending on mood, activity, time of day, and anything else that occurs to me!

This test says my personal theme song is “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.

This one says it’s “Can’t Hold Us” by Mackelmore, I think.

The problem is that every song has words and a melody, so while I may relate to the words, the melody may leave me cold. Or vice versa. For example, I’ve always loved “Walkin’ on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. It’s so bouncy and fun and Katrina’s dancing in the beginning of the official video is so bad that it totally reminds me of me! But the words are about falling in love and giving your whole life to someone. I don’t think people should give their whole life to someone so I’m left with an infectious, wonderful melody but lyrics I don’t want to sing (Except for the chorus!)

I celebrated my 57th birthday last week. It’s hard to believe I’m almost 60 when I feel more like 40. Okay, maybe 43 or 44. I’m a young ‘un at heart. I love to feel happy and I love to love my friends and family. I love just being around people who make me smile, laugh, cry, or think about stuff in a new way. When all is said and done, after the posts have been blogged and the clients reassured, I’m just a fun-loving person who loves nothing more than to connect with my closest friends and family and just enjoy their vibe. And after a couple of really tough years, I feel like I’m in a better place than I’ve ever been.

So while I definitely have my “fighting the system” songs and the songs that make me feel stronger and more confident, my true ADHD song is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. I love the image of “a room without a roof.” That’s exactly how I feel. Unstoppable! I just LOVE having ADHD and I love helping others with ADHD discover who they really are. We deserve to be happy and I’m on a mission to reveal our greatness to the world.

What’s your theme song? Just scroll down and leave a comment – I’m dying to read your response!

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What I Did For Love and ADHD

by Margit Crane on September 8, 2014

 

In the musical, “A Chorus Line,” character Diana sings:

Kiss today goodbye,
The sweetness and the sorrow.
Wish me luck, the same to you.
But I can’t regret
What I did for love, what I did for love.
Look my eyes are dry.
The gift was ours to borrow.
It’s as if we always knew,
And I won’t forget what I did for love,
What I did for love.
Gone,
Love is never gone.
As we travel on,
Love’s what we’ll remember.
Kiss today goodbye,
And point me t’ward tomorrow.
We did what we had to do.
Won’t forget, can’t regret
What I did for
Love.

This is what I did last week – I kissed a bunch of Facebook friends goodbye. (Sorry if you were expecting something juicier!) I’ve been going slightly bonkers on Facebook for a year or so. It has gotten worse for me with the onset of the fighting between Hamas and Israel. The problem is that I have friends on the ground who are posting their viewpoints right and left. This disturbs my sense of calm and my focus. Not only does it distract me but it throws me off balance. I can’t do my work when my brain is fighting its own war between ADHD and the news.

It is stunning how much information you can find on Facebook. It’s presented to you, following an algorithm that indicates this is what will interest you.

I also have myself to blame. I have “followed” pages that I thought were good matches for me but they weren’t. But that’s a topic for another post.

I’ve tried different things – I tried taking a break from Facebook, I tried hiding people’s posts who are my friends. In the end, the action that felt most right for me also hurt a few people. But considering that I cut 200 people, a few hurt feelings is okay with me. I started by writing a post that I hoped people would see over a couple of days. I said that it I care about all of them but I care about me more. I’ve spent a lifetime putting my life on hold for other people. To continue to do so – over a Facebook friend list???? – is a disservice to me. Besides, Facebook isn’t supposed to be real life. We sure do seem to forget that.

How did I choose who to cut? Well, I started with people I don’t really know and people who never comment on any of my posts even though I comment on theirs. I want relationships. Then I cut people who also have business pages on Facebook. I’m also part of a couple of groups and I can see news and posts in those groups. I get really irritated by some people’s viewpoints so I cut them too. My hot-button topics are War, Prejudice, Seeing ADHD as a negative, Wanting to kill people (that’s a good reason, right?), Hating Jews, and People who bash teachers.

In the end, I have 25 Facebook friends. Their posts make me laugh and make me happy to know them. They are different religions – from Muslim to Druid! – and belong to different political parties. Some things we agree on and some not. I have to say, though, that this past birthday, when I got greetings from my friends, I knew they all meant it as a celebration of my life not just as a polite social convention.

Am I happier? Oh yeah. My feed isn’t cluttered with stuff I don’t care about (like one niece’s drinking and a brother’s pot smoking – there has to be more to a life than that, doesn’t there?)

Today for instance, I learned that one of my friend’s sons is a total sweetheart. I learned that a friend who was super sick is well again. And I watched a video of two former students at the baptism of their older daughter. And the father is the pastor who baptized her!

So I would say that now my Facebook feed is full of life and love. Is that so wrong?

“Love is never gone.
As we travel on,
Love’s what we’ll remember.”

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