This I Believe

Jean - Bandera, Texas
Entered on March 2, 2007
Age Group: 65+

I believe that we are all a little crazy in some way and to some degree. That is a great comfort to me and — strange as it may seem — empowering. The first time I read the list of symptoms for ADD, tears came into my eyes. I understood why my first-grade teacher had written on my report card that I would do well as soon as I learned to pay attention in class. I had spent a lot of years learning to compensate for my disability without understanding why I couldn’t focus my attention and be as organized as other people. What I learned from research was that we all have at least a small glitch in the brain. I learned to be forgiving instead of judgmental toward others and toward myself.