"Yes, I legitimately have ADHD and was officialy diagnosed in 1998 which means I did elementary & middle school without the help of any sort of medication, placement in special classes, or testing considerations.
As I progressed through school - I found I was more interested in working with the janitor than working with my teachers. I was the kid in 3rd grade who was regularly summoned to go to an 8th grade classroom to hook up the VCR & TV on those incredibly dangerous carts!
Tests became the challenge. It wasn't about knowledge I had retained, but how fast I could complete all the questions.
Why? Because the stakes were high!
Once you finished the test you were allowed to go outside for recess! As soon as I was finished the test - I had the speed of an olympic athlete as a raced down the hall and out to the playground!
Well - seeing as how school didn't really pan out further than the second attempt at 7th grade - I started working."
SO TO EXPAND ON THAT A BIT MORE -
No - I did not go to high-school. I tried taking a few college courses, but I only completed one of them fully - "Building Construction for the Fire Service" - taught at Bristol Community College by Lt. Taylor of the Somerset Fire Dept. It was a really good class - and it had various things I was interested in.
As soon as I had my drivers license I started working for one of the busiest local, general-business bands in the area. The Ronnie Rose Band. I would setup, tear-down, load-out, and sometimes go to the venue we were playing the next day and set everything up - getting done at 2-3am some days. I worked on the Bay Queen - A dinner dance boat that did 13 trips per week during the summer. I worked for a rubber manufacturer in the quality control lab - testing raw materials and making small batches of cured rubber product and running all sorts of tests on them - I had a white lab coat like a mad scientist!
At 17 years old, I joined the local volunteer fire department because I was seriously considering that as a career path. I liked to help people. I liked making noise so the driving a fire truck would fill that need. I was attracted to the "never know what's going to happen next" lifestyle, but to be honest - the thought of going to the same building and working in the same town for 30 some years turned me off. I'm still a volunteer, active within the department - and I have all the respect in the world for the full-time paid men and women who have chosen to do that as a career. -It just wasn't for me.
Working 3-4 jobs at a time - I negotiated sleep. I missed out on doing a lot of stuff with friends - but there were times where I could make it happen - drive 30 minutes in the opposite direction to spend 30 minutes with a friend to drive back the other way to break down the band or work a cruise.
A lot of times - I negotiated sleep. I would drive to a gig-site early, sleep for 45 min in my truck, then break them down, set up at a new venue - get home at 3:30am, wake up at 7am, work a double on the boat, meet the band at 12:30am to break them down again - before driving home I'd sleep for 20-30 min in my truck in order to stay awake.
About that lifestyle: I did it for a few years... AND I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!
However, at this rate it wasn't healthy: Physically or Financially.
When I started working at Cardi's in 2001 - I was hired to do customer service and inspect furniture. The first day I started I was already bored with it and applied at a few other places. I stuck it out for 2 months and was offered the opportunity to work an event outside of the office. That was the break I needed!!
I'll post more about this boring story called "my life" at a later date, I promise - But for now - I think you have a lot of info and you can start to see some of the parallels in my mission in life to "Realizing the Full Potential, Each & Everyday" - even though at the time - I hadn't realized that it was kind of a theme happening.
Does any of this make sense?