And now we are 52…
On this day in 1969, baby J.D. entered the world. I don’t think there’s any way my parents could have predicted the path their firstborn would take through life. It hasn’t always been easy — no thanks to the obstacles I’ve placed in my own way — but I’ve really had a wonderful (and interesting) life, and I look forward to whatever time is left me.
As I do every year here at Get Rich Slowly, I’m going to commemorate my birthday by sharing some of the most important things I’ve learned during my time on Earth. These are the most important pieces of my life philosophy.
Let’s start with a look at the core takeaway from my 52nd year, the newest addition to my life philosophy.
What I Learned During My 52nd Year
This past year, especially, has been an interesting one. I know that’s true for the world as a whole, but I personally have experienced a great deal of growth over the last twelve months. It’s been a deeply introspective year.
If you were following along, you could see me process some of this introspection in real time, both here on the blog and at the Get Rich Slowly channel on YouTube.
In July, I wrote that I am the one thing in life I can control. In August, I wrote about eliminating net negatives (or trying to). In October, I wrote about the pursuit of quality. And just a few weeks ago, I wrote about the power of low expectations.
What I’ve realized in recent weeks is that all of these Deep Thoughts seem to be a manifestation of the same fundamental problem in my life: my ADHD. For years, I suspected I had ADHD. In 2012, my therapist confirmed it. In consultation with my M.D., my therapist prescribed a medication (Vyvanse) that I was meant to take every day. I hate the side effects, though, so I never did. I took it only as needed.
But in searching for answers regarding my ongoing depression and anxiety, I’ve come to understand that these two debilitating mental illnesses can actually be caused by ADHD. My inability to focus leads me to become overwhelmed. When I become overwhelmed, I get stressed. When I get stressed, I get anxious and depressed.
It all seems obvious today, but it was never obvious before.
Anyhow, I’ve begun taking my Vyvanse regularly. Today is the sixth day in a row that I’ve used it. It seems to be helping. Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness in everyday life. Plus, Kim and I are taking some big steps (to be discussed here in the coming weeks) to alleviate some of the things that overwhelm me on a regular basis.
Coming to grips with the fact that my ADHD is more pronounced than I believed (and that it’s probably the source of so many of the things that bring me suffering) has been eye-opening.