From Keepsakes to Stop Keeping Stuff for Goodness Sake

Letting Go to Move Forward

This is so hard for me.

At school and as a mom at home.

“My precious babies thought enough of me to make something for me.”

Or how about this one…

“I want to be able to see their growth and progress through the years.”

Those of you that don’t struggle with this -itis, you are very fortunate.

But I’m not.

I have ADD and ADHD. Y’all. The struggle is so real.

This is why I get kids who struggle and have so much patience with them.

I struggle with procrastination.

When I do sit down to do something, I’m up countless times doing other things that are on my mental to-do list.

I struggle with focus.

How can I concentrate when I hear someone’s phone conversation, the television, the kids’ video games, cars driving by, kids playing outside, the dishwasher, the washing machine, and the airplanes in the sky?

Not anymore.

I have been in a season of self reflection and ownership for a very long time.

I have tried lists, I have tried small chunks, I have tried setting goals and timers.

None of that has worked for me.

I am 6 days into being a medicated ADD/ADHD adult and I am loving it.

Yes, I went through some emotions getting here, but I’m here now.

I acknowledge it. I own it.

It doesn’t own me.

I am a force to be reckoned with.

(Yes, I know. No preposition-ending sentences. Let me have this one, okay?)

Watch out world, here I come.

Notes:

As I completed this post, I had an idea of inspiration. I think I will continue to share posts on this topic. It may help non-ADD/ADHD educators and parents better understand the challenges our children face every moment of every single day.

I am not an advocate for medication for every person. Please do not think I am sharing my story to say this is the solution for everyone. It has been a true struggle for me to get to this place – and be completely transparent with you. If it helps one child be better understood, then it’s worth it.

2 thoughts on “From Keepsakes to Stop Keeping Stuff for Goodness Sake

  1. I am so happy for you! As a child, a doctor suggested that I be on Ritalin but my mother said no- I respect her choice as a parent but I can’t help wondering how that might have changed my struggles at that time.

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