the view from within…and Einstein

I can be absolutely certain, that as an individual blessed with ADHD, that the view that I have of things from within, about myself, about the world, about how I am understood or misunderstood by others is more often than not, different from the view of others.  (wow…a 47 word sentence!)  This is a slightly isolating fact about my ADHD…I live in my own little world a lot of the time.  A strategy I rely on is being able to gauge the world around me by input I receive from others.  Due to the fact that my perception is not always spot on, I trust outside info…(incoming message from the big giant head!  3rd Rock From the Sun) to even me out.  Sometimes I get it wrong…this can lead to long conversations of attempting to clarify a misunderstanding.  Being social and feeling successful in it is not an easy task.  As a preschool teacher, I am able to witness daily the amazing growth as children maneuver through the emergence of themselves as a social being.  Strong and healthy social development and social emotional intelligence has been noted through research to be a leading component of success in school.  Where does that leave those of us who painfully struggle with social interactions?  Despite the fact that somewhere in our brains we are most phenomenally intelligent…I love researching people who have been rumored to have ADHD.  Some of my favorites:  Albert Einstein, Claude Monet, Beethoven, Galileo, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Ansel Adams…so many more!  From the list there are artists, composers, presidents, olympians, authors, entertainers to mention a few.  These people have accomplished brilliant things…it comforts me…I love to remind myself that somewhere in my brain…I am a genius! I am certain that there were many times that their view from within vastly differed from those around them.  They were brave..they stepped out and followed their passion and did AMAZING things!  Some quotes from some of these people:

“There are only two things I have ever done well…paint and fidget.”
– Claude Monet

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” — Henry David Thoreau

“I prefer to distinguish ADD as attention abundance disorder. Everything is just so interesting . . . remarkably at the same time.” — Frank Coppola, MA, ODC, ACG

“Do or do not, there is no try.”
– Yoda (Empire Strikes Back)

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein
Be inspired…to apply your ability to think outside the box to broaden your view of yourself from within… -Me

Thanks for reading my blog!  I appreciate you!


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