ADHD Behaviours I Failed to Change Time and Time Again

Getting up close and personal with the ADHD parts of me that cause me the most grief

Eliza Lita
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At the Louvre, March 2023. Photo by the author.

Picture this: you’re in Paris, a city you’ve been dreaming to see since the early days of learning French in your old teacher’s tiny flat, adorned with souvenirs and tourist maps from the promised neverland of boulangeries and museums. It’s a beautiful, sunny day, you’re with your partner, your favourite person in the whole world, you’re young, independent and ready to explore all the places you used to gaze at dreamily online or in books.

You’re at the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world, spanning kilometres over kilometres of galleries. Where to start and what to skip? Because you know yourself and you know you won’t have it in you to see the Louvre in its entirety, much less to take it all in. Now, it’s a known fact that most tourists don’t complete the full tour of the Louvre. Some say that an entire day isn’t enough.

But to me, the overwhelm of everything I could see that day, and especially of everything I knew I would miss, hit particularly hard. My impatience, one of the aspects of my personality I loathe the most, has caused me to miss opportunities and experiences over and over again.

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Eliza Lita
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ADHD, books, writing, fitness, lifestyle. | Founder and editor: Coffee Time Reviews. | Library Mouse | Language nerd.