Why Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is My Favorite Christmas Character
My favorite Christmas story is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. This isn't really about Christmas at all but is a story about fitting in and finding your own place in the world.
Rudolph is an outcast, not accepted by his own tribe and is the child "only a parent could love." Isn't this exactly how many people with ADHD often feel? They feel alone and isolated, as if they just don't seem to fit in. They feel out of sync with the rest of the world. But Rudolph has an even harder time. For many people with ADHD, they spend time hoping that other people will not notice their differences, but for Rudolph, his differences stand out and even glow. There is no hiding the fact that he is different from the rest of the reindeer. Children with ADHD have often talked about how they wish they were not different, they want to be like their classmates and their friends. Rudolph does not have a chance of blending in.
But as the story develops, Rudoph finds that his difference is what is needed. He finds that his difference is really a unique characteristic that shines brightly to help bring joy to others. So this holiday season, instead of seeing ADHD as a disadvantage, celebrate the unique and special characteristics of ADHD. Celebrate your sense of humor, your ability to solve problems, your artistic and creative talents. Celebrate the positive traits of ADHD and see it as Rudolph's red nose. The story of Rudolph reminds us that in this large world, there is a place for each of us. Somewhere, our talents will be useful and appreciated. Let's set out to find that place for each of us and to remember that we are special, each in our own way, and that this world is made better because we are here.
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