February 8, 2018
Life in the Fast Lane

Now I don’t normally do life in the fast lane, but yesterday turned out to be one of those days.

There was so much going on that I couldn’t keep track of things. I would start to do one thing and then another popped up that took priority over the previous chore and consequently nothing really got done.

I felt like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland¬†muttering “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”

Too late for what I didn’t know, but I did know there weren’t enough hours in the day to get done all the things that needed to be done.

The last thing that needed to be done for the day was to find a file that I needed for the morning. By this time it was 11:15 pm but as with the rest of my day, things got in the way.

I finally found it, but not before coming upon this treasure that I had squirrelled away on my computer and it was so synchronistic that I just had to share.

The author is unknown, but I think they were reading my mind.

Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests itself:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the rubbish bin under the table, and notice that the bin is full.

So, I decided to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my chequebook off the table and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of coke that I had been drinking.

I’m going to look for my cheques, but first I need to push the coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. I see that the coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye: they need to be watered.

I place the coke down on the work surface, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the work top, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone has left it on the kitchen table.

I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the lounge where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

  • The car isn’t washed.
  • The bills aren’t paid.
  • There is a warm can of coke sitting on the work surface.
  • The flowers don’t have enough water.
  • There is still only one cheque in my chequebook.
  • I can’t find the TV remote.
  • I can’t find my glasses and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired. I realise this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.

I just remembered I left the water running.

And that was my kind of day…