Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Driving, ADD Style

Y'all all know that I'm about as ADD as they come. Lately I haven't felt very ADD, being off thyroid meds for so long. All my creative juices disappeared, along with all my energy. Now that I'm back on the thyroid meds, it's coming back. Woohoo!

But that's not what this post is about. This post is about driving.

I've always been very disappointed that I'm not the normal ADD driver. ADD drivers are notorious speed demons and I'm not. They're reckless and bad drivers. My family will tell you that I'm a horrid driver, but I assert that I'm not. One speeding ticket in my life and a couple of fender benders that mostly weren't my fault. Really.

Does this mean that I'm not really ADD?

A couple of weeks ago it hit me: I am SO an ADD driver.

See, driving is a complex game for me. Speeding is against the rules, or cheating, and I'm not a cheater, so I don't really speed. The roads, the map - they're the static game board. They don't change. I like that. The driving, that's the strategic game plan I usually map out in advance. I lie. I always map out in advance in my head.

I do a lot of things off the cuff because I'm ADD, but driving is not one of those things. I know, in my head, what roads lead where, what the best routes are. I try to take into account the best times of day to be on which route and what lanes to be in when. It's all pretty simple, yet complicated.

Driving? That's not static. There's strategy. There are rules. I play by the rules. I modify my strategy based on the situation, always trying to stick to the rules.

Driving ADD - it's not a simple thing. Lord knows that if it wasn't a game I'd probably be dead. If there wasn't the challenge of the game, the focus, I'd be too distracted to drive well and who knows where I'd wind up?

I realized another thing. I love to drive. I never thought I did. But now that I see how the game works? I love it. Silly, huh?

So that's my ADD driving story. And I know my lovely sister-in-law will read this and never let me take her kids anywhere again. I'm also thinking that they're safer riding with me than with my very ADD brother. :)

Until I write again ...

Flea

10 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

huh?

TSannie said...

I am very confused...

Mary said...

haha that is sooooo me - except I generally go about 7 over. lol
The rest is me to a T.

Trisha said...

Wow - I like the idea of driving as a game. I totally see it!

Now, how that connects to the ADD - I am not sure. Just because you are so active while you drive?

Love ya!

Karen Deborah said...

cute post. I think I plan too. My record is flawless. I drive well considering my ADHD brain. It is the focus which makes us good. I'm glad you feel better!

Daryl said...

The scary part is that I totally get it ...

Krista said...

I think driving brings out a lot of mental disorders - like control issues, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Psychosis. Maybe that's just in my state!

Leenie said...

Hehe. We drive like we think. I don't know why I've not been in more accidents (one bad one). Because I drive like an artist. LOOK AT THOSE CLOUDS!! WOW WHAT A COOL COW. DANG! I WISH I COULD TAKE A PICTURE OF THOSE COLORS AND USE THEM FOR REFERENCE....oh...i'm driving. yeah. where am i?

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Oh hell yeah- I am an ADD driver making my own rules as I go. And thanks for explaining it to me. I never knew I had it until now.
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Karen said...

I think all the best drivers are planners. Dude, if I have to sit in traffic when I could have avoided it, I'm mad. You can drive me anywhere. I'll be Miss Daisy.