We've heard it all before and in my many exchanges with parents and their child or teenage athletes, the common misnomer is that sports is the cure all for ADHD as well as its associated symptoms that include OCD and Tourette's among many others. In my post today, i'll be speaking liberally about why some of these articles online while helpful may be misleading as well. From my own experience and coming up with inventive methods to deal with my own ADHD and Tourette's, I can tell you that there is no one solution fits all.
So its been a while since my last review and its been due to a very hectic race and training schedule as well as a couple of new initiatives that I've recently launched. But having found some new stability now, I figured with the amount of mileage that's been placed into a new pair of shoes that a review would be in order. So here goes.
As part of my movement to raise awareness for ADHD, Tourette's and Autism, we will be uncovering how individuals with any or the combination of the above can cope better with selected activities as well as tell their stories in many new ways. Hopefully, this will give all of us a deeper insight to the lives of these unique individuals.
Blogging this from lovely Switzerland where I just completed IM #2 and what a race it turned out to be. For many reasons, this race was always going to be special, for starters, it was going to be the first IM that my wife would be present, having missed out IMWA due to work commitments. Second, I knew the week was particularly going to be a long one with my Tourette's in full flow and the facial twitches at an all time high. Didn't help no matter how much I rested, they just persisted.
In my line of advocacy work, I get a lot of questions asked about my weight loss journey, adventures as a triathlete, entrepreneurship and how all of that ties in or is affected by my ADHD, Tourette's and Aspergers (which by the way is a form of autism).
If you read the title of this post, you must thinking that Darren has really lost his mind. How could anyone be unhappy after going through such a massive transformation? After all, it wasn't just the weight loss but also in becoming an Ironman All World Athlete that i've been told, is some achievement.
If life has taught me anything during these past five years, it is that hard work alone is not enough. While many will tell you that hard work will get you the success you want, hard work on its own without the element of grit is nothing more than repetitive constant motion without purpose.
I believe that the world has a great energy, a tremendous ebb to it and in all things natural, will find a way to balance itself by transferring one source of energy to another until all things are equal. Remove something from the ecosystem and the world will find a way to replace what is lost. Accumulate too much of something and eventually it will leave us to other hands. This, to me, is the natural ebb and flow of life and the energies behind it.
Over the course of years in my life, I have always chased the material. That never ending need to drive a better car, live in a better house, be able to buy that new gadget, phone, luxury item etc... the chase never ended. What a fool I realise I have been.
I believe that the world is on a cusp of change. More than ever before, our world, the modern era of humanity as we call it, is in dire straits and change is not just happening but has become necessary.