“Last Night I Fell in Love… with My ADHD Squad”
When a woman in my Inattentive ADHD support group asked for hobby suggestions, she was inundated with creative, caring, and truly inspired responses from other ADD adults — a reminder of just how special these people are.
Ever since my 1992 diagnosis of inattentive ADHD, I have focused on improving myself and helping others with this disorder. That was my focus: What’s wrong and how can I help? Even now, when I participate in Facebook groups and ADHD Subreddit, my posts typically offer advice based on what helped me manage symptoms. Despite knowing that what I pay attention to grows, I spent 28 years paying attention to what’s challenging and hurtful for people with ADHD. But last night my focus changed, and I fell in love.
What sparked my newfound love?
A woman posted a request to our Facebook Group. She wrote that she spent too much time sitting on the couch watching TV, and she asked the community to suggest hobbies she might pursue. Generally, posts seeking answers receive 25 to 50 comments, but more than 175 people responded to the hobby request!
Upon reading their responses, it dawned on me that people with ADHD are caring and ready to help in any way they can. Their suggestions were thoughtful and occasionally cheeky and humorous, which only increased my admiration. What innovative and creative people contribute to this community.
With excitement and joy, they described their passions for knitting, diamond painting, mountain biking, photography, wood working, growing crystals, and so many other hobbies. Often, their responses included photos of their hobbies. I kept smiling as I eagerly read every entry and became filled with wonder at the variety of interests.
The next day I grabbed some of their ideas to share with you. I wanted you to fall in love, if you haven’t yet, with our community, just as I did last night. Love makes everything better.
Hobby Ideas from the ADHD Group
- Rock climbing
- Building 3D objects
- Night skiing
- Playing drums
- Working on cars
- Designing and silk-screening custom t-shirts
- Building wooden model boats
- Shooting pool
- Fly fishing
- Collecting and restoring/fixing old video games
- Playing with radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters
- Playing Djembe (a rope-tuned, skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands)
- Practicing Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music)
- Creating digital paintings
- Brewing beer
- Solving puzzles
- Belly dancing
- LARPing (Live Action Role Play)
What do you do? Please share your hobby ideas in the Comments below.
Hobby Ideas for Adults with ADHD: Next Steps
- Free Download: 5 Powerful Brain Hacks for Focus & Productivity
- Read: ADHD and Hobby Bouncing – How to Find Better Balance
- Read: 7 Keys to Living a Happy Life with ADHD
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