I was naked in the mirror just yesterday
and I was suddenly reminded I was born with a congenital defect.
I hadn’t thought about it in sometime
Generally not thinking about it that much at all anymore.
(It doesn’t bother me to take off my shirt as much
as once it did.)
So, I did what I do a lot lately when I rediscover something from childhood
that I haven’t thought about in a long time:
I googled it.
What should I find
but Q&A Forums
You Tube videos
A Facebook page
(It has a Facebook page)
of some very severe cases of others with the condition
It has a Latin name
Of course it has a Latin name
and oh the factoid repository Wikipedia
And all these symptoms I might otherwise never have known
But one of them does seem a likely enough story in my case:
the words “diminished” and “capacity” beaming out
with white hot intensity
And just enough of one You Tube testimonial resonates
to make me think
son of a bitch
So this is why I occasionally get lightheaded when I get up too quick
So this is why I oversleep
So this is why I have ADHD
without the ‘H’
So this is why I have to put in just that tiny little extra effort
to make sure my voice is projecting well enough
I do hate to be heard mumbling
Sure I remember the trip to the kid hospital
and the x-rays
when I was little
I didn’t wanna go to school that day anyhow
The doctors seemed unconcerned by the results
sent us on our way
I think I got candy out of the deal
And my common sense and moral compass
which always come in the form of the company I choose to keep
Yeah, but don’t you oversleep because you’re a night owl?
Don’t you just really like sleep?
Whenever you mumble, we presume you’ve just slipped back into your native Texan dialect.
Don’t you do cardio like everyday?
Didn’t you run that 12K last spring without any incident?
So what if you’re a little ADHD...
...okay, yeah, actually maybe you oughta’ have that one checked out...
Perhaps and Perhaps Not
Definitively certain on that one
and not so much on the other
As we all know
there are known knowns and there are known unknowns
But to those who can live life abundantly
with the corrective surgery
(and as have the means)
then by all means
But to those of us who can do without for the time being
be reminded of what we should all be reminded:
Every now and then stop
and take all the air you need
while you can.