For how many years - decades - centuries perhaps - have we been told to "sit still" ..."stop wiggling at your desk"..."stop squirming and focus"..."why do you need to walk around?"..."what is with matter with you!?" Could it be - is it - that ADHDers have been ahead of the curve this whole time!?
Anxiety is real. And it's not your fault. Did you know that as a group, anxiety disorders represent the most common of all mental illnesses?
I hear this every week - "I would so LOVE to work with you - I really need your help - but I just can't afford it!"
I can tell you from personal experience that raising children with challenges can make it really tough to feel grateful. When you spend your days running from doctor's appointment to school meetings to specialized sports outings (and trying to fit in that little thing called work) it can be physically and mentally exhausting - and feeling thankful?...well, it's a struggle.
Over the past few months I've served as an accommodation for a court case for an individual with LD and ADHD. This experience has opened my eyes to the justice system and made me want to scream from the rooftops: "Don't do this alone!...ever!"
Some time ago my coach asked me to write my manifesto; that is 'why I do what I do to empower people with learning and life challenges.' At this point in time I have scattered notes and circles and doodles all mapped out, but I have not been able to bring them all together. Probably because of my OCD and perfectionism.
The other day I was on a call with my coach when a Facebook post appeared on my phone asking for some advice on working with people with ADHD. I got up to water my plants, noticing how dry they were, and while filling each pot and holding the phone in my other hand, I started to think about what to write.