Originally published in The Platte County Landmark on 9/20/2013:
As I write this, I have the Chiefs game on the television. I also have two monitors on my computer and in one window, I have an episode of Breaking Bad since Iâ€™m trying to get caught up before the finale. Iâ€™ve also got a window showing me the current weather radar and this Google Docs window open. Additionally, my phone is blinking, which means Iâ€™ve got a work e-mail on my phone I need to check up on. Iâ€™ve also got a pop-up that alerts me whenever someone has replied to me on Twitter.
My wife simply doesnâ€™t understand how I get anything done. I tell her that itâ€™s easier for me to work when Iâ€™m immersed in items for my senses. I know exactly what the down and distance is in the game. I know exactly what Walt is up to on my TV show and I am clever as ever on Twitter. Even this article Iâ€™m writing is pretty great too, in my humble opinion.
I love working like this. For as long as I can remember, Iâ€™ve worked this way. I had the radio on while I worked on homework when I was a kid. I even listen to the radio when Iâ€™m mowing the lawn. I just need noise. My brother is the complete opposite. Heâ€™s what youâ€™d call (and heâ€™d call himself) a true redneck. He lives off of Platte Purchase and spends time on his porch watching the sunset, sipping a beer. He could go hours without any interaction with anything. No cell phone. No internet. No television. No radio. Nothing. And he loves it. Wouldnâ€™t have it any other way.
Recently, Iâ€™ve been told that bombarding your mind with sensory overload is a negative. It could lead to or be caused by something called â€œattention deficit disorder.â€ My mother was recently diagnosed with â€œAdult attention deficit disorderâ€ when for years we thought she was just â€œscatteredâ€ or â€œbusy.â€ Sheâ€™s treating it as a negative, but weâ€™ve always appreciated her ability to be able to make cupcakes while sewing up a torn shirt while cleaning the bathroom. Seemed fairly productive to me.
For me, maybe Iâ€™m ADHD. Maybe Iâ€™m scattered. Maybe I canâ€™t carry on a conversation without checking my phone. But what if that message on your phone was important? What if there was a score in the football game over your shoulder? Wouldnâ€™t you want to know about that?
Iâ€™m not alone. People are even starting to book â€œoff the gridâ€ vacations designed to unplug their scattered lifestyles for a week or two. This would terrify me. How on earth would you find out what the score to the Royals game is. Or if there was a major news event. Or of somebody said a funny joke on Twitter.
Screw all that. Iâ€™m embracing who I am and what I can get accomplished when I have all my stuff going. In fact, in addition to the Chiefs game, Twitter, Breaking Bad and this article, Iâ€™m going to pull up the radio call of the Royals game and fire up… oh look the Chiefs just scored.
Ha ha. That was pretty funny, @awsumninja82. Aw man, I canâ€™t believe Ned Yost left Guthrie in like that. Holy crap. I canâ€™t believe Jesse did that to Walt! Oh boy, itâ€™s going to rain.
What were we talking about? Oh yeah. This article is pretty great.