As the mom to 6 ADHD kids (7 kids in all) and wife to an ADHD husband the most pivotal moment of the evening came as they played a video of Adam Levine playing the piano, the drums, the guitar, whistling, talked about him playing the accordion, and showed him singing.
In that moment one of my kids reminded everyone that Adam Levine had ADHD too. There was a level of pride filling the room. "He's just like us." one said. Another added, "you know it's because of his ADHD that he has to play all those instruments, that he's good at all of them!" They know that drive, the unquenchable force that pushes you past distraction, past focus, and lands you on the positive side of hyper-focus.
|and drums, basses, electric guitars & flutes|
There are many successful ADHD people out there, more and more of them are coming forth and owning their ADHD. I wonder if they will ever know the impact they have on the upcoming generation of kids with ADHD. Those kids and struggling adults can find they have potential in the success of another person. To struggle through school, through feeling different and awkward, through trying to master coping mechanisms, and find a way to use all this energy and potential seeing someone's success is a beacon, it's proof it can be done. Instead of just seeing all the things they aren't, they catch a glimmer of all they can be.
Every successful person who comes forth and owns their ADHD is important in the life of others who struggle with the same issues no matter what walk of life their success is in. Adam Levine hits home in my house because he's creative. Creative is what we do, art, music, singing, acting, writing, film, animation to see a successful person with ADHD inspires them towards their own greatness.
Stigma, shame, embarrassment, the threat of being judged by negative stereotypes for admitting your ADHD are real. The world would have us hide anything that is different or imperfect. Ironically, the only way to change those negative stereotypes is to take that risk, to face that fear, and be bold about our disorders in front of the world until those walls are broken down. Then, fear, stigma, shame,embarrassment, negative stereotypes can be replaced by knowledge and understanding.
There is no doubt that ADHD is a mixed bag. There are struggles, endless struggles; but, there is greatness also. Thank you Adam Levine for being willing to show both sides to the world. Thank you to all successful people who stand up and own it.
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