Focus has always been a huge struggle for me. From my early ADHD days to college to my life, I have a hard time focusing long enough to follow things through.
Many misconstrue this as laziness, but actually, it’s quite the opposite. It’s not that I don’t WANT to finish what I set out to do, but life gets in the way in the best ways possible. New opportunities arise. New people come into my life. New possibilities cloud my once-focused brain.
I believe that’s why I’m so drawn to journalism and story telling—no two days or projects are the same, and it lends itself to the flexibility I need to get the most out of every day (whether that is professionally, personally, or socially).
It was something I hated about myself for a long time, until I realized it wasn’t keeping me from doing anything. I’m not a person with laser-focus. I have a broader perspective than that. I go through phases and move on from them, taking what I learned with me.
This perspective helps round out the edges of my work and side projects. I come back to these projects with fresh eyes to make them better, more complete.
Here’s to my fellow focusless.