Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
My wife used to try to convince me that this was something I suffered from and I would counter; I simply had a lot of interests.
She bought me the book, Driven By Distraction, which only proved my point.
I am not a doctor or a therapist, although I've seen my fill of both.
I feel fairly confident about my self-diagnosis, which by the way is more likely to indicate a person dealing with manic-depression than ADHD, which is probably my situation.
Again my personal opinion, I feel I need to repeat this on too regular of a basis.
The Proof Is In the Pudding
I do get bored with things in life which has kept me moving, exploring, trying new things, meeting lots of different people from all sorts of backgrounds.
A skill that would serve me well if I were a politician.
If I was a news journalist.
I'm not, but it was always a dream job of mine.
If I had my own reality TV show.
Not yet, but someday maybe. I have been approached by a producer but the devil is in the details, as they say.
That Being Said
For my job in life as a set dresser, I have spent hours scrapping lantern panes with a razor blade to get the frosting off
A task someone with ADHD would likely not be able to do for very long. (Again, my opinion I have no real knowledge of ADHD besides what I've read)
I have driven by myself across the country many times; again something that I don't think an ADHD type would be a good candidate.
I run marathons; they're long and boring and require no attention span whatsoever, at least in my opinion; just put one foot in front of another for 26.2 miles.
I practice Brazilian Juijitsu; I'm a brown belt on the cusp of a black. One of my best attributes is my patience and lack of change in my breath; something I acquired from my many years of yoga.
Oh Yeah Yoga
I have been practicing yoga off and on for over 30 years.
Maybe that has been my "shield" as it were for ADHD.
I Should Get Counseling
With this I don't disagree; I never have; however finding the right counselor is a journey in itself.
One of the best I ever had retired to write books on the matter. Another one also retired, telling me I had the tools I needed and additional sessions would be a waste of money.
One said my therapy would have little more effect unless I was able to get my family to participate as well; this was back in high school and my mother insisted I "get help". When I came home with my therapist's suggestion, not only did the family not go in but I also never went back because he obviously didn't know what he was talking about.
Juggling with My Life
So as I continue to be "Driven By My Distraction", back in California after many years on location, I find myself in the same career, doing the same job, having several friends that I have known since high school and even junior high. I wish I had friends from before that but unfortunately at that age it is more up to your parents to help maintain those relationships and neither were very helpful in regards to that.
I started juggling early in my life and I have never maintained it for very long; but I still keep it up, I do it as therapy and honestly I really enjoy flipping semi-odd things like sledge hammers, axes and blades
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.