Well… Introducing myself to the community seems like as good a place to start as any, here.
Hi, brains. I’m a 43 year old man, with he/him pronouns.
I have been living the brain life for a long time. I was diagnosed at the age of 9, back in ~1987?? (I think…). Anywho… It was 3rd grade.
I’m your inattentive/dreamer type ADDer.
I was from the ritalin generation. I hated being medicated. I had to take my meds for 4 years, before I was allowed to stop. After that, I started self-medicating with coffee at about age 13, and that has been my main chemical tool for coping with this ADD life, ever since.
I wouldn’t say that I have been successful in the traditional American sense of the word. I don’t have a lot of money. Been living paycheck to paycheck, for the majority of my adult life. I battle depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and minor OCD, as well.
I have chosen a fairly non-standard career choice. I’m what’s known as a Rennie, not to be confused with a Carnie, but similar in some ways. I travel, live, and work on the Renaissance Festival circuit. I’m in a different place every couple/few months.
I owned a small rickshaw(man-powered taxi) business out here for 12 years.
I’ve sold all manner of things, from jewelry, to soap, to battle ready weapons, food, handmade paper, souvenirs, garden decorations and sculptures, essential oils and incense, and custom leather shoes.
I’ve also done production work for the shops as second jobs, being a woodworker, painter, chainmail weaver, and leatherworker.
I’ve even done handyman, repair, painting, and construction work. I am a professional event tent installer for one of the Florida festivals. I run a festival participant campground, as well.
Essentially, you can say that I am a man of many hats.
Though, I am not new to the “disorder”. I am not an expert. I haven’t kept up on the newest news, treatments, coping techniques, or drugs available, at all.
So, I am here to learn new tricks, develop better coping strategies, and connect with my people.
Hello, my tribe!