Here’s a poem I wrote this morning.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED NORMAL!!!
This is me with ADHD. Like it or not, I’m here, can’t you see?
Society accepts the “normal”, but who’s really “normal”?
Could it be the person always stepping in line and achieving success
by being formal?
Or perhaps the poor never getting ahead
and dwelling in their sorrows instead?
What about the down syndrome woman who works a regular job, living a regular life, abiding by regular laws, has a regular marriage paying her regular civic duty?
Sure, like all of us she also get’s moody.
Is that normal? Sure it is.
Is there a euphemism I could use, please
Oh, society has accepted her as “socially functional”. Surely that’s normal.
Her life is doable, she’s ethical, like all of us fallible, likable, irreplaceable, manageable, personable, definitely reliable and also vulnerable.
It all comes down to how down syndrome was perceived as in the past.
Viewed as outcasts. Society’s viewpoint changed fast. Support for them will surely last.
Luckily, now they’re viewed as normal. Integrating with society, their lives, manageable and exclusively livable.
Miriam Webster defines the word “normal” as conforming to a standard or regular pattern. It also says free from mental illness: mentally sound.
…but where am I found? I look “normal”, but under the surface I struggle.
Society hasn’t fully accepted ADHD. Some would say it’s not a disability. They go as far as saying it’s a conspiracy. I don’t feel free in a society who views you as having societal incompetency.
You see, we hyper focus on things that excites us, but find mundane things uninteresting even if it’s really important stuff.
We pay our dues, of course we’re late for work and sometimes get confused… by
attending our doctor’s appointment a week earlier. I know that sounds funny, but it paralyses us to a point where we might develop another disorder…like anxiety, depression, PTSD.
I wish the word “normal” was never invented.
I’ve achieved so much look what I’ve created. More than half of what “normal” society has presented.
I’ve painted murals on church walls, built and rebuilt bicycles, did bike stunts and took a lot of falls.
I was a lead singer, an accomplished pianist, traveled the world and an excellent gymnast.
I was a stand up comedian, one of the best athletes at school, an obsessed tennis player, I think that’s pretty cool.
An amateur soccer player, a daredevil roller skater, a freestyle street dancer and a music director or band leader if you will.
Love learning languages, love learning memorization techniques.
No I’m not a nerd, just a freak.
Right? A freak who’s accomplished all this and yet I have barely any friends,
barely a social life, but I love life and I love and myself.
I forgot to mention when I was a kid I was an arcade game expert, I guess that is being a nerd.
Ok, SO I’m a nerd and a freak. Can you blame me for being this unique?
Please consider me as normal and not some social outcast. I love life and I love myself.
Can’t you tell?
It’s us who have scored gold medals, started up famous fortune 500 companies,
starred in TV shows
and even won Super Bowls.
So this might just be my last call and if I don’t fit the bill,
…THEN WHAT IS CONSIDERED NORMAL?
The Accented Guy