Why I’ve Settled On The Name ‘ADHD Galaxy’

Over the last few days, I’ve sat here and sat here thinking about the perfect name for social media! Only ever using Instagram and Twitter a little in the past, I realise now is the time to get ‘savvy on social media’ as I look to promote my book Hadie & Adah and raise Awareness of ADHD (especially in females).

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with space. In fact, I was so interested in the cosmos that I was affectionately know by many of my peers as ‘alien’. This wasn’t helped by the fact I appeared on ‘Newsround’ when I was in year nine, talking – would you believe it – about the ‘search for extraterrestrial intelligence’ 😂. Not surprisingly, many of my contemporaries thought the ‘search’ for such ‘intelligence’ was in vain, as many believed they’d already found the alien life-form: me, a quirky, socially-awkward thirteen year old with a terrible haircut and hyperactive enthusiasm matched only by that of a caffeinated springer spaniel.

Space was my passion and, to some degree, it still is. When I was left to explore the wonders of my own imagination, I disappeared down wormholes of fascination, wondering how parallel universes could exist both in space and time and how black holes reflected everything which we, as humans, feared most. I read books on space, drew pictures of space and even joined the local astronomy club where I gave presentations on space. Unfortunately though, I never fully-understood the intricacies of the physics required to study space, as my wonderfully-vibrant ADHD brain gets tangled with algebra and ‘runs for the hills’ when presented with scientific equations. I suppose, as I have grown older, my interest in space is reflected more in the artwork I produce and poems I write.

Me on Newsround when I was in year 9 – I was absolutely passionate about space! Just look at the size of those computers! 😂

When I was diagnosed with ADHD, I instantly became interested in raising awareness – I can probably credit most of my passion to living with an ADHD brain. My ‘Universe Mind’, as I like to call it, is so much like the pictures I draw of the cosmos: colourful, random and enigmatic. For millennia, people have been fascinated by outer space, and this fascination has led to us building powerful telescopes and probes which aim to map even the deepest regions of the cosmos. Our own universe is ubiquitous, filled with a myriad of celestial objects which nobody seems to fully understand. ⭐️ Although cosmologists seek the answers, I always believe this quest for completion only throws up more questions. ⭐️

My brain is just like our universe. It is so full of ideas, and, like stars, they are constantly present, although they are not always seen. At night, I adore looking up at the velvety blackness of space, imagining each tiny shimmering dot as representing one of my new ideas. Additionally, space is very large and I have always viewed my mind as extremely spacious; there must be adequate room for all that is going on in my brain. Deep in my grey matter, just like in space, supernovas explode, nebulas cascade and quasars paint their mysteries in the undiscovered depths. Like me, they are colourful and wild, untamed and beautiful – they exist in a state of permanent change and the passage of time manipulates their forms just as it changes my thoughts and ideas, motivations and moods. Moreover, scientists have been talking about the expanding universe for many years and I like to parallel this to my own mind. I am always expanding my knowledge and seek to find out more about a myriad of topics on a daily basis; my random thought patterns lead me to discover amazing new facts and I know my immense creativity is down to the way my ‘Universe Mind’ works.

So why not ADHD Universe? Well, apart from the fact that name was taken 😂, I do like the word ‘galaxy’ as it makes me think of home and also represents all that I wish to convey on this blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Galaxies are beautiful and contain billions (250-500 billion in The Milky Way) of stars and other celestial objects, held together by the enigmatic force of gravity. I like to see our ADHD community as a ‘galaxy of likeminded people’ who all have a common cause and want to unite under an umbrella of acceptance and understanding.

I think I knew something deep down when I was a young girl, which I have only managed to truly realise now I am an adult. Even though I will continue to change things on my social media pages (it’s the ADHD 😂) and modify appropriately, I like the name ‘ADHD Galaxy’ as it perfectly encompasses what I want to achieve.

💜 I hope you all enjoy! Have a great day, guys! 💜

Published by Chestnut ADHD

Hello, I’m Annabel and my mind is like a galaxy. Diagnosed with ADHD during lockdown, since then I have made it my mission to inspire other ADHDers to see the positives of living with a ‘galaxy brain’ and educate people about what it is like living with ADHD. I run my own tutoring and coaching business, helping many children with ADHD and dyslexia, and have always been an avid amateur writer and artist. Recently, I have written a children’s book which highlights the positives of ADHD: ‘Hadie & Adah’ and I will continue to promote my drawings and blog posts – focusing on positivity and creativity – in future. I truly am proud of my galaxy mind!

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