Maybe ADHD Pushes Us Too Hard?
I started school when I was five and started working when I was eleven. I’ve always liked working. And I was always competing, with myself and others.
Now I’ve reached a certain age, and I’m shifting gears, entering a new phase of life. I call it coasting. All my life I’ve been striving, trying hard to do better, to improve. I don’t think I’m gonna get much better, and I’m tired of striving and competing.
At the gym, I lowered the weights on the leg machines by 5 pounds, and I’m no longer pushing to increase the weight every day.
In my job, I am no longer trying to do excellent work, just good enough. We have so many patients to take care of that good enough is all that’s reasonably possible, and my striving for excellence was messing things up.
I am still trying some things: trying to relax, take it easy, sit more often, do mindfulness more often. But generally, I’m trying not to try. This doesn’t come naturally, but it feels good.
I don’t regret the past, but it’s time to change.
Are there areas of your life where you don’t need to try so hard? Then would you maybe function better in the other areas?
Snide Comment O the Day:
Well, we’ll see.
Thought Experiment o the Day:
In how many ways does ADHD make you try harder?
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