Shiny Red Ball Syndrome


I am not on medication for ADHD.  I do NOT want to take anything to squelch some behavior that someone who is boring, a careful linear thinker, or justifiably organized says FOCUSwill “keep me from being all over the place”…

“Mikes!!! You need to FOCUS!!!”

F*&$ you.
You *wish* you were me!
I entertain you!

**tangent alert** I just had 5 other thoughts about other shit I “need” to get done while I typed the previous two lines.  BLAM!  I also just took time out to smile at 2 of the 3 girls that then returned my smile as I caught them staring at my epicly loud Robert Graham shirt that I’m wearing.

ok. back to “normal people” trying to harsh my neurons.  This is like the introverts I know wanting me to be more like them.  The good news is I don’t get that judgement from Introverts.  I find that introverts LOVE watching us Extroverts.  HEY INTROVERTS!!! you know who you are; you follow me on Facebook, occasionally clicking Like.  and by occasionally, I mean, like bi-annually… If I’m lucky, you will post a 2 to 5 word comment about once a year.  like “You are hilarious”.  I wish I knew who you all were… but, I suppose there’s only so much time to hug everyone (deep sigh… tears..)

I *adore* introverts.  I’m honored that my life and Living My Ass Off behavior provides the catalyst for you to use the phrase, “live vicariously though you” in your conversations, posts or shares 🙂

You are the Ying to my Yang.  YOU are THE reason I can be successful.  You are the BEST kind of treasurer for the organizations that I’m honored to lead.  You save Me from  financial bankruptcy.  I love you like a fat kid loves cake.

Introverts are CRITICAL to my existence.  If it weren’t for you, my fragile ego would have no audience.  hahaha!

I prefer to refer to my (possible) ADHD as “Shiny Red Ball Syndrome“. shinyRedBall

I get moments of distraction BUT I get many MORE moments (sometimes hours) of exciting new projects and tons of creative problem-solving solutions.  I’m a walking super computer that squirts out gallons of awesome sauce!  Just Ask ME!!!!!   LMAO (here its Laugh My Ass Off).

…I’m basically just screwing around here with an emotional Vita-mix of HUMOR, sarcasm, cynicism, and an additional shot of protein… you gotta have protein !! (snicker).

I have so many thoughts throughout the day that I keep a notepad in my car, a notepad on my nightstand, I have Evernote installed on every single electronic device I own.  I jot stuff down, I make lists, I make sub-lists, I review these lists (traditionally on weekends) then I cross things out.  Frequently as I am crossing something out, proud of myself for completing something, I will think or remember something else that I forgot to do or write down from before.

When Facebook first started I thought, “Meh, this is kinda neat but am I ever going to do anything with this!!???”

now, to be fair, when I signed up for Facebook you could only register if you had an email from a college or university (i.e. it ended in *.edu) and for the most part it was just for undergraduate students.  in fact, the choices for profile type were “Student” or “Staff” at the time… I know, I’m freaking old in comparison to Facebook, right?

anyway, within about 2 weeks I started posting a little bit… fast-forward to today and I think that for a guy like me with Shiny Red Ball Syndrome, its one of the best things ever!  I can simply whip open the Facebook app and share the random (ideally appropriately inappropriate) thought on my wall and BLAM! I can now move on, traditionally forgetting what I just posted, and then go on to discover my next Shiny Red Ball.

I find that they creative process for me involves a BUNCH of emotion but also at least some logic… its the Engineer in me… and from that seem to come so many opportunities for exploration.  I want to share what I’ve been doing and hopefully make you laugh along the way.  As this blog grows and gets better (I’ve still got a LOT of work to do there) I know that the content will at least make you smile once a week.  If I can do that, I feel like I can live at least one more day…  aaaaand away we go!

I’ve been able to really get over some fears of “what if”…  I love the acronym for FEAR I’ve heard which is False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R)… INDEED!!  all the stuff that I thought *might* happen or might kill me.  well… it never did.  Having Shiny Red Ball Syndrome helps with that.  I’ve heard my behavior described before as “Ready, Fire, Aim”.  Traditionally by some lame project manager.  When I truly embrace my SRBS then I am So Read Before Someone else!  HA!…

I think the point to all of this is no matter WHAT defect or character someone else might judge you with, realize there IS a reason why the Universe programmed you with this trait.  Embrace your Shiny Red Ball (Schwetty Balls?) and go DO SOMETHING signiifcant and for Gawd Sake, Have. Some. FUN!shinyRedHug

… can any of your relate!?  If so, I want to hang out with you and Brain Storm.  HAH!  more accurately, it will probably be a Brain Tsunami!!! 🙂

well, if you CAN relate, please, ping me –
I’ll buy you a smoothie!

Shoot me an email anytime and I’ll make sure we get together… somewhere, somehow!

Until be meet again!  Live the Dream!  If  you’re not, you’re doing it wrong!

I’m off to Live My Ass Off.. wish me luck~!

~mikes

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