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ADD in School and Skateboarding

Akron, Ohio, US

I have ADD and my mind constantly wanders all the time. I think that it’s fun having my mind keep going all the time, except in school. I space out for pretty much the whole class, but not on purpose. When I try to pay attention, I start thinking about what would happen if I wasn’t paying attention. The next thing I know, everybody around me is writing stuff down and I have no idea what we are doing and what’s going on. I have an IEP but even my special ed teachers still get mad at me for not staying focused.

Skateboarding is my favorite thing to do. It is an outlet for me. If I had a bad day at school, I just go skate and everything goes away. I don’t know why, but I can focus my thoughts better when I am skating. If I like the daydream I am thinking about, then I can keep thinking about it without forgetting what it was.

ADD has made it easier to think up of lines to do (a line is a bunch of tricks in an order that you make up)because I have so many things going on in my head.

ADD makes my life fun and I can’t imagine what it would be like without it.

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