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What Does it Mean to be Free?

It takes courage to leave ADHD behind and start pursuing the ‘real’ you

I recently saw the excellent film, “Harriet,” a true story based on the life of activist and former slave Harriet Tubman. Harriet was a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, responsible for leading more than 1,000 slaves to freedom during her lifetime.

On the first journey Harriet made, she traveled more than 100 miles on foot, from Maryland to Pennsylvania. This had never been done by one person alone. Sometime thereafter, Harriet decided to return to the South—at great risk—to free members of her family. When told that she couldn’t do it again, she replied, “I made it this far on my own, so don’t you tell me what I can’t do!”

While the bondage of slavery far outweighs any ADHD challenges we might face, Harriet’s journey offers some valuable lessons. Just as some slaves chose not to follow Harriet to freedom, we may limit what we believe is possible to accomplish.

It took great courage for Harriet to step forward and risk her life—again and again—to give other people a chance to enjoy the same freedom that she had found.

Harriet heard the voice of God all through her life, relying heavily on his guidance. She was often steered away from danger, and she could be found praying for direction. Even though God gave her a vision, Harriet had to take action in order to achieve it. She would explain, “God tells me what to do, but I use my feet!”

As we enter the new year, what small step could you take to get closer to the life you want to lead? It could be:

  • Getting an ADHD diagnosis.

  • Trying medication for the first time.

  • Seeking educational testing.

  • Trying counseling or coaching.

  • Educating yourself about ADHD.

  • Obtaining school accommodations for your child.

  • Working with a tutor.

  • Enlisting a friend to be a “clutter buddy.”

  • Finding an accountability partner, besides your spouse, to help you follow through on your commitments.

Only you know the next step on your journey. A great brainstorming tool is to imagine what you’d like your life to look like, one year from now. Then ask yourself: What must I do to get there?

Find the support you need to start achieving your dreams. Call for a free consultation with an ADHD coach today. There’s no risk. If you want to take the next step, there’s a way to do it. All it takes is the courage to start.

“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed 1,000 more, if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman

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