Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement
I wrote this piece for my first open mic poetry performance to share my experiences as a late-diagnosed ADHDer. Throughout college, I have struggled to keep up with expectations placed on me that felt unrealistic and unfulfilling, while also learning how to be my most authentic self. I long to find my own version success through embracing my neurodiversity even if I don't meet the standards that society places on me. "I am reminding myself, and you, that I am not dysfunctional at all, I’m simply wired to spend energy on things that truly fulfill my purpose here. It might not be right or enough, but at least it’s true."
Augustana Digital Commons Citation
Lewis, Audre. "My Intangible Orb of Dreams: An ADHD Introspection" (2021). Audre Lorde Writing Prize.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.