Why ADHD is a Gift Not a Curse

Growing up I had a tough time, I caused the people I love a great amount of exhaustion, emotional fatigue, and pain.  When I was three years old I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder (ADHD).

Consuming my life and the people around me.

I was dangerous not only towards myself, but to the children around me. My mother was afraid every second of every day.

For example, imagine placing your child in the stroller beside you. Then for a split second you close the trunk. Your child is gone AND half way across the Home Depot parking lot. Yes... THE stroller is still attached to your 3-year-olds back.

YEP - That was me.

Another time I managed to jump across the conveyer belts at a grocery store. Dont ask me how... I do know I saw my FAVVVORRITE grandmother- AKA MEWAW! She was in the line beside my mother and I. 

I am sure I did this before

I am sure I did this before

I was looking for gifs for a visual... and well i'm not surprised I couldn't find one. BUT I did find this... WHICH is a good representation of my life. WEEEEEE 

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When I started school my life completely shifted... 

School was definitely the hardest most emotional experience that I have ever had. I got into trouble constantly in elementary school. I suffered the long hours of sitting. I still remember the caustic sensory pain, the bathroom breaks, and the laughing.

Staying still, concentrating, and silence...resulted in pain... The worst kind.

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Various psychiatrists told my mother ways to fix me; however, she declared that I did not need to be fixed, and that I was not broken.  She encouraged me to alter my weaknesses into strengths and my present strengths stronger. In addition, my weaknesses as a child were distractibility, forgetfulness, impulsivity, and inability to control my unpredictable thoughts; however, turning those so-called weaknesses into strengths, I have the ability to focus on everything, to fully dedicate myself to many activities at a time, to be innovative, to be outspoken, and to constantly have a mania of genius responses. I grew up with a kid with diagnosed autism, both of us suffered tremendously with learning. We had to learn ways to cope with the things that made us different. He ended up being valedictorian.

I am so blessed to have Evan as a friend.

I went from failing all my classes in elementary school and middle school to getting a 4.0 GPA. I had to look past all the negatives and see all the potential I have. In my last college I got a 4.0 my first year and became a student leader, student ambassador, a soccer player, a volunteer, and a tutor. Today I am accomplishing things that I never thought I could have done; such as being a student here at the University of North Carolina. I am not embarrassed to say that I have ADHD. It changed me to the person I am today I appreciate the people around me and my life, everything that I am doing, it made me dedicated, caring, motivated, and a leader. Everyday I’m desired to make a difference. I want to travel across the borders to help the underprivileged and neglected children. I want to give them the life they deserve. My whole life I have dedicated myself to be the best I can be everyday; and, everyday I learn new ways I can be even better.