I will share a story from when I was younger when my impulsive tendencies got the best of me— long before I was diagnosed. This is one of those stories my family loooooves to tell.
So I’m probably about 13 and my family is on a ski trip. I was VERY fond of skiing. I wasn’t amazing or anything, definitely beginner level. but dang, I felt like I was flying. It was a great outlet for my energy. My sister (three years older) and I are taking the ski lift up and I point at a little jump on the hill and say “I think I can do that”. Her response: “yeah… no you can’t. Do NOT do that”. I shrugged and pointed out that it looked really small and easy and I could do it.
Well, I was wrong indeed! Last thing I remember is speeding up the the jump and then blackout. I WAS MOSTLY FINE, don’t worry! I landed on my back and had the wind knocked out of me and woke up to a lovely mom lady saying “are you okay sweetheart???” I slowly made my way down to my own mother who was a mess, grabbing my face, freaking out. I just shrugged and said “it didn’t look that big”. They didn’t let me back on skiis after that.
One of my favorite parts of this is my other sister and younger brother were on the ski lift when I made my valiant leap and watched me go up… andddddddd go down. I just picture a sack of potatoes. I was embarrassed of this story for a long time because I felt like a freaking idiot, but now I just laugh and laugh because there’s a reason. I was just trying to make things more fun for my ADHD brain, sheesh!
This could have ended must worse for me, and I am glad to be diagnosed now, even at the age of 26. My life is full of stories like this but I think this is the most extreme.
One of my dad’s favorites is a basketball game I played in when I was a kid. I ran and ran and followed everyone and didn’t once touch the ball. The score was something ridiculous at the end like 30 to 4. Afterwards I ran up to him smiling and asked who won. at least I had fun!!