Just about 24-hours ago, my wife and I (with our children of course) were sitting in Tampa International Airport. We had cut our first vacation in almost 3 years short, all to avoid the approaching Hurrican.
It was only a few hours early that our flight was canceled, and we were looking at an extra day or two (or more) in Tampa. At first glance, that might not be a bad thing. After all, we were spending time with family and getting some long overdue time away from home.
But with the storm approaching, we just couldn’t risk being delayed all week long.
Looking back, the storm was NOT as bad as they predicted… But honestly, it changes nothing!
Just two days earlier, as some families were rushing out to the store in absolute panic, I heard my brother being invited to a “hurricane party.” Now I don’t really know what that is, and I didn’t feel the need to ask. But the story here is that it is amazing to see the different reactions people have to the same situation.
The last time my wife and I traveled to Florida (in August no less), my wife and I experienced our first hurricane ever. Aside from never wanting to travel to Florida again in August, I am amazed by how people react to impending disaster (or the thought of disaster)…
Just three years ago, I watched my brother carefully and calmly board up his windows. He quickly cleaned his yard, and removed any object that could quickly become a projectile.
Only a few blocks away, another family member (to remain nameless) was frozen in fear. Despite knowing that Tampa Bay had not seen a hurricane in 86 years, this individual thought the world was coming to an end. And while I’ll give him some credit because it was his first hurricane ever - these two different responses stand out for me.
You see, despite being this person’s first hurricane - this was a normal approach to life.
Disaster was always looming. The end of the world was always approaching.
And yet, even while some people are frozen in fear, others are out partying and having a good time in life (or at least trying or pretending).
What Are You Waiting For?
Will you be frozen in fear when life comes at you? Or will you enjoy the moments that you have - even if a storm is approaching?
As people with ADHD, sometimes we struggle with our emotions. Sometimes it is NOT easy to always see the glass as half-full, but we can try and approach things differently. And we can certainly do our best to laugh when we have no control over the weather (or other parts of life)…
Are you constantly preparing for the worst?
Or are you ready to deal with what might be coming at you?
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