ADHD Acceptance Month – Hobby Graveyard

ADHD Butterfly Source

I have a lot. This is off the top of my head.

There’s one thing about me that I really do love, and that is that I will give anything a shot if I want to do it. It’s meant I have quit a lot of stuff, but I’ve also tried more than most people.

I started waiting six weeks to do hobbies, to ensure it wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. It’s a pretty good method.

Careers & Study

  • Psychology degree
  • Criminology degree
  • Law degree
  • International Relations major
  • Film and Television Production
  • Acting
  • Computer Science degree
  • Management major (Semi-reviving this – outside of academia)
  • Software Engineering – Game Development (I want this back, workplace PTSD sucks)
  • Website Development
  • Barista (loved doing this)

Political and Advocacy

  • Green Party Membership (Politics was not for me at all)
  • I tried to start a fact checking website in 2014, it was a spectacular failure
  • Opinion pieces – I have written stuff infrequently since 2014. I don’t really like doing it.
  • Volunteer game development for Autistic children (which looking back was based on some really bad ableism)
  • TikTok Advocacy – this was an abject failure I have a video called part 1 that I never finished.

Hobbies & Sport

  • Competitive Video Gaming
  • Lanning
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Orienteering
  • Photography
  • Piano (still trying to push through to learn this)
  • Rugby
  • Mountain Biking
  • Beat Saber (still trying to resume this – Capitalism killed it a bit for me, and Autistic Burnout too – have a trauma association with it atm)
  • Board Gaming (have 100+ board games gathering dust in my house)
  • D & D (This was really hard for me with Aphantasia, especially as a DM – I love it, but I don’t think I am “good” at it)
  • Graphic Design / Art (I’ve tried so many times, but I hate everything I make)
  • Debating
  • Mathlete (lol – I was so bad at this cause I have Dyscalculia)
  • Basketball
  • Clubbing (just was too loud all the time – I know why now)
  • Running
  • Gym
  • Journaling
  • Cooking (just too stressful to get really good at it how I want, I’m an ok cook, but I only do a few different meals)

Detrimental Hobbies

  • Alcohol Use (Never was a drunk, but used to get trashed on weekends – don’t drink anymore)
  • Smoking (Thankfully I quit this too)
  • Recreational Drugs (Sabotaged a lot of my life in my early twenties trying to escape reality)

Daily blog challenge

October is here usually known as ‘ADHD Awareness Month’ – but IMO we ADHDers deserve more than that – we deserve acceptance. We need to be listened to, we need realistic accommodations, and help. We need to start moving toward ADHD Pride Month. People should be able to feel proud of being ADHDers, because the alternative is shame.

For the next 31 days I will be writing every day on being an ADHDer using this list of prompts:

  • Day 1: Introduction
  • Day 2: What I love about being an ADHDer is…
  • Day 3: My Identification/Discovery Story
  • Day 4: Reactions to Identification
  • Day 5: Hobby Graveyard
  • Day 6: Supports and Appreciation
  • Day 7: The ADHDer Community
  • Day 8: Favourite ADHDer Blogs/Comics
  • Day 9: Favourite ADHD Owned Business
  • Day 10: Sensory Seeking/Aversion
  • Day 11: Fidgets and Stims
  • Day 12: Favourite ADHD Charity
  • Day 13: Family
  • Day 14: Order from Chaos
  • Day 15: Everyone Should Know
  • Day 16: Work/School
  • Day 17: ADHD People I Admire
  • Day 18: Someday…
  • Day 19: I Love it When…
  • Day 20: Communication Style
  • Day 21: One thing other people don’t understand…
  • Day 22: Dispel a myth
  • Day 23: Can’t Live without…
  • Day 24: ADHD Political Issue
  • Day 25: Symbols
  • Day 26: Favourite ADHD Book
  • Day 27: Identity Language
  • Day 28: Dealing with Boredom
  • Day 29: Favourite Memes
  • Day 30: Hyperfocus
  • Day 31: Acceptance Means…

Published by roryreckons

I am an ADHD/Autism Coach as well as ADHD/Autism/OCD/CPTSD advocate and independent ADHD/Autism researcher. I am an ADHD/Autism Coach who trained through the ADD Coaching Academy. I write mainly about ADHD/Autism/OCD/Mental health issues, but will also discuss morality, abolition, and current affairs occasionally.

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