Congratulations! You are graduating from college! When you were a little rascal, with boundless energy in the classroom, forgetting to turn papers in, and having problems with inattention, there were some people who thought that this day would never come. Your road has never been smooth. However, you persevered, learned to plan, and found your own study style. Because you cared and worked hard, everything came together. Now, let's collect all of that learning to get you ready for your big launch into the world.
Decide what you want your life to be like, and then make a blueprint. Any part of your life that you need to structure must have a plan. Seriously! A builder wouldn't just put a house together without preparation. Who knows what he would get? Your life is much more complicated than building a house, and if you just drift, without purpose, you probably won't reach your intended destination. People who just "go with the flow" often have interesting side trips, but they don't get to where they need to go in a timely manner. So says the woman who graduated from college at the age of 42!
What do you need to structure? This is different for all of us. Use your creativity, one of the joys of Attention Deficit Disorder, to list out your dreams and priorities. Make a timeline to see what needs to be completed and when you need to do it. Will you need to revise your outline? Of course! Life changes and we need to adjust for those differences.
What are some of the items that you might have on your list of life events to plot out? You need to make decisions about daily living, jobs, and future education. How will you run your household? What will your daily and weekly schedule be like? What can you do to find the best job for yourself? You want a job that you enjoy. It should use your gifts and talents. If you want to go back to school for an advanced degree, when is the best time to do that? How will you pay for it? What preparations do you need to make for success? These are all considerations, and you need to plot them out. Don't just do it in your head. Write your plans down. Discuss them with a trusted friend, family member or professional planner. When you commit your ideas to paper, something tangible, you plan for success.
Congratulations, graduate! You have come so far, but your journey has barely begun. Make your life count! Enjoy the path that you will walk. Just remember to make it your purposeful life. Your ADD can complicate your plans, but the abundance of energy and creativity that it also confers can lead you to a wonderful and joyous life.