You see, many people gathered this assumption from my personal Facebook page or by simply walking into my house.
We purchased a house stuck in the 90s. Yes, honey oak was EVERYWHERE. However, the passion to renovate was more than cabinets, light fixtures, ugly flooring, nasty carpet. It was deeper than these material items because the 90s were a dark period for me.
They were dark because, I lost my Grandma; the women was the only person who got me, shared my love for being creative and showed me that who gives a "you know what" if you want to walk to the beat of your own drum. I was bullied for being stupid, ugly, purposely banned from friend groups, forced to eat alone. I was told I was nothing; constantly compared to other "perfect" children.
I also choose a different career path than what I thought I initially wanted. My dream (or so I thought) was to go into design but along the way I was told that was silly and I would be a starving artist. I was then told it was silly to go into education; a profession I'm extremely passionate about. That go around I didn't listen to nay sayers. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
I will speak for myself as a person with ADHD and LD. I am creative, I am passionate about a lot of things, and I talk a lot. I also like to think outside the box. Many people with ADHD and LD have similar positive qualities.
I know from the outside it looks like I hop from one thing to another. That really isn't the case. I like how Jon Acuff addresses this in his book, Punch Fear in the Face Escape Average Do Work That Matters START. You can have many things that you are passionate about and explore each interest along the road to deciding what you chose to do. One or some of those passions become our career and others remain our hobbies.
Hobbies are important for anyone but I feel that they are especially important for people with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. We need balance in our life. We need something that allows us to escape the pressures we feel for being inadequate or different. Outlets for these stressors are important. My outlet is interior design, decorating, and all things creative. My favorite is furniture up-cycling; taking someone's trash (ugly, discharged, lost) furniture and turning it into a treasure (valued, loved, cherished) furniture. At the end of the day we are all rocks being polished into being the best versions of us.
In loving memory of Goldie. Be you; it's worth the risk.