Is ADHD a Super Power?

Hello May zebras and spoonies. Thank you for coming in and visiting and hanging out with me today. I’m glad that your hare. Yeah.

All right, so today I’m going to talk about ADHD again, still, some more. One of the things that people often talk about is ADHD is a superpower. Yeah, I don’t buy into that. I personally don’t feel like my ADHD is superpower. A lot of my ADHD stuff makes me a hot mess. I mean, there are days that I sit here and I think to myself, “Am I really an adult?” because I don’t feel like I’m doing these things right. Let’s just be honest having difficulty paying attention and being impulsive and having dysregulation of your emotions is hard and it can be messy. It can make life complicated, and it just can make everything else in your life so much harder.

But I also don’t really feel like if there were a magic cure for my ADHD that I would necessarily want to be cured. And that’s where this stuff gets complicated because there’s things about my ADHD, that I actually really like. I don’t think we talk enough about the good parts of ADHD and I think that what this whole ADHD is a super power thing is all about.

I really like having all this energy. It’s really cool to have a million ideas going on in my head all the time. I can’t even imagine how boring the neurotypical internal monologues and brains must be. It must be so quiet; can’t even imagine not having multiple voices talking and color splashing and music playing. I just can’t imagine having a quiet brain and I really don’t want a quiet brain, because when all of this stuff is going on in my head and crashing and banging around, that’s where all the really cool ideas and creativity comes from and I love it. I love having all this energy and all this stuff in my head and I don’t want it to go away.

But there are other things that are really cool about my ADHD, and one of them is that people with ADHD tend to have a more positive attitude towards life, the universe, other people, etc. And you know having a positive outlook on life can really help you navigate difficulties in any kind of situation or relationship, and I would not want to give up my positivity in life.

Generally speaking, people who have ADHD are really social people. I like that about me. We are daring and impulsive and we’re talkative and we like to go and meet new people. We’re just going to get out there and we’re just going to talk to you about stuff; anything. And I don’t think that I want to give that up, either because I’ve met a lot of people because of my ADHD stuff and just getting out there and doing it and being me, and it’s awesome.

People with ADHD also tend to be more open than the neurotypical person, we tend to be happy to speak about topics that are generally avoided or ignored. We’re more daring. We’re more willing to get into the difficult conversations, especially in relationships, and I wouldn’t want to give up this trait, either.

People with ADHD tend to have high degree of empathy. I don’t want to give up my empathy

People with ADHD tend to be resilient. I don’t want to give up that either.

So, while there are things about having ADHD, that are definitely challenges and roadblocks in my life, there are things about ADHD that are amazing, that I don’t want to give up. Because I am a positive, social, open, empathic, resilient person and I want to continue to be all of those things, all my life. I just wish I could do it with a little bit more organization. I wish that I could be less impulsive and have a little bit emotional regulation to go along with it. You know? It would be nice if we could have all the things all the time but the world does generally doesn’t work that way.

So, like everybody else in life, there are things that we’re really good at, and that we do really well, and there are things that we don’t, and that’s just being human. And I don’t think that having ADHD makes me any different than any other human being. I don’t have a superpower, and I really don’t feel like overall I have a huge hurdle or deficit. I have things that I’m good at and I have things that I’m not good at and I think that that inherently is the nature of being human.

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