Why Your Scatterbrain Is Your Super Power
In school, I was one of those kids who could never focus for very long on topics that bored me. A true class clown, as they say. I rarely saw a good reason to do my math homework, and would rather endure whatever punishment my teachers saw fit to give me than to plow my way through a tangle of equations. Whenever I had to take a standardized test, I would fill in those multiple choice boxes randomly, or in a pattern that looked pretty to me. I remember once in the fourth grade, we were given “fraction books” to immerse us in the elusive world of number ratios, and I literally got up in the middle of class, in front of the teacher, and started singing a song I had just invented in my head:
“Who needs a fraction book when you can sing and dance?!”
Needless to say, my teachers were not impressed.
I was never officially diagnosed with ADD, but I had all of the classic symptoms: an inability to focus, a tendency to live in my head, and a monkey mind that would ping-pong all over the place from subject to subject, unable (or unwilling) to settle on one topic for very long, probably because there were just so many bright and shiny objects that caught my attention.
Now a woman in my early thirties, I can now see my younger self as a horse that wouldn’t be broken by the system, and though it cost me a few gold stars by some disgruntled teachers, a part of me must have realized the the ridiculousness of forcing myself to do something I had absolutely no interest in doing.
I also realize that as a child, I was guided by a profoundly curious nose that liked to sniff out different possibilities, different perspectives, and different subjects, and I had little regard for the standard American school-career trajectory of choosing one thing and sticking with it.
The one thing I was missing as a child was the ability to center myself, emotionally, amongst all the different ideas, opinions, and information that flowed at me.
Fortunately, I have spent the last few years immersing myself in a topic that perhaps, was the first thing that truly sustained my interest for any extended period of time: the Art of Feeling Good. As simple as it sounds, my willingness to feel good regardless of anything going on around me has had profound effects on my clarity, my creativity, and my productivity. Seemingly unrelated intentions, interests, and desires are beginning to converge in ways that I could have never imagined a few years ago. The pieces that used to feel scattered and confusing have begun to form a pattern that I can interpret and translate into my creative livelihood.
In my work now, I get to be a writer, a photographer, a chef, a speaker, a designer, a model, and a teacher–a true Renaissance soul whose unique combination of passions and creative pursuits weave together in ways that I couldn’t just sit down and figure out. I’ve had to let it unfold organically, from a simple willingness to feel good before I jump into action.
For all of you hopelessly ADD-ed out folks out there, I’ve got good news for you: your so-called disability can be your best ally. Your mind holds so much potential for new ideas, new connections, and new vision, and your unwillingness to fit inside anybody else’s box means that you’ve got a darn good chance of birthing a creation that is truly unique and utterly fantastic. The more you allow it to flow to you, and the more you tune your inner dial to the resonant frequency that is broadcasting your specific answers, the more satisfying your creation will be.
And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Connect with me to discover more about weaving your diverse talents and interests into a career that is ALL YOU–the masterpiece I am calling your Tapestry of Badassery.
With Love and Mischief,