It’s been quiet around here, but…

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Ramblings, What it's like
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I’ve been a little missing lately, and I’m sorry about that.  My business has required a bit more of my time as I try once again to pull it out of the suck heap it’s become, and my writing in other avenues has taken up a fair amount of my time as well.  However, I’ve still been dealing with being ADHD, and I’m also raising a kid with ADD (thankfully a more mild form of it).

Before I get into the latest, I have a confession to make.  I am a huge geek.  My favorite science fiction show of all time isn’t Star Trek.  I’m not a Star Wars geek either.  Oh, I love both shows just fine, but what I am is a Browncoat.  Don’t know what that is?  Well, Browncoats are the fans of that short lives television series Firefly, and I’m one of the most uber Browncoats you’ll ever come across.

What does that have to do with ADHD though (talk about burying the lead!)?

In the pilot episode, one of the main characters named Malcolm Reynolds tell his men in the middle of a battle, “We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.”

I started this blog while in the midst of some pretty serious depression.  ADHD screwed me up in a lot of ways, but there’s one thing it’s given me.  It’s given me an inability to recognize boundaries.  I see a boundary, and I see something that needs to disappear.  I see something that shouldn’t exist.

In 2008, I started working with a friend on a blog called SWGAPolitics.com.  It wasn’t an original name, but I didn’t come up with it.  However, my friend and I started to do something a little different.  We were a political blog focused on the area of Albany, Georgia.  It’s not New York or Atlanta, but we believed we could make something happen with our local political blog.

We did.

We took down that barrier, but we hit a few snags and SWGAPolitics.com folded.  I started another local political blog, and while talking with a friend who was a reporter/editor with a local newspaper, he commented how my friend and I were “pioneers”.  That was his word.  He saw us as pioneers who were breaking new ground in the concept of digital media on a smaller scale than others had looked before.  I liked that.

Some time after that, I broke new ground yet again.  That was when I became the first blogger to ever buy a newspaper.  Seriously, if you do a Google search on the subject, you’ll just find little old me.

When people put together “Bucket Lists”, they usually have their stuff grounded in reality.  Very few bucket lists contain what I call “Everest Moments”.  Everest moments are those moments when, like Sir Edmund Hillary scaling Everest, you are the first person to accomplish something ever.  Most people don’t think about Everest moments, because they’re not exactly practical.

However, I don’t see boundaries, so in 2011, I had my Everest moment at the ripe old age of 38.  Not to shabby.  It was then that I had “done the impossible”.

Now, two years later, the business is in shambles, but still trudging forward.  How many times have I thought about calling it quits?  I lost count.  However, a couple of days ago, I remembered the line from Firefly.  “We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.”  I did the impossible, so I am mighty.

Now, my impossible task is to harness my ADHD and push through and turn that business around.  It’s time to become mighty again.

 

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Comments
  1. iamjjstone says:

    It’s encouraging to see your resolve. It’s hard work owning your own business, and print media is a difficult beast to tame, forget the fact that you’re fighting an uphill battle with ADHD. I thought about trying to publish a magazine once, but I thought, “Deadlines? Not for me!”

    • Tom says:

      You want to know the funny thing? I actually made all my deadlines 🙂

      Of course, I should point out that my newspaper has since gone to online only format. It’s a LOT cheaper to maintain, and all print will be going to digital format at some point anyway.

  2. CeeLee says:

    You haven’t given up, you made your deadlines,
    and you’re moving forward. You’re doing better than you might think. 🙂

    Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you…
    I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Award
    I think it offers a different perspective on ADHD, everyday life and the struggles therein.
    I like it, I know others will too.

    It’s up to you whether to accept or demure, of course.
    Please go to my latest post: http://wp.me/2MHY5 for all the info. 🙂

  3. SirBrass says:

    Certified browncoat and Whovian here. Former trekkie (then I discovered Babylon 5, and that little problem solved itself), former star wars nerd, now certified genuine sci-fi junkie.

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