I was inspired by this long historymentary of Leonardo, Il Maestro. He fit so much into his 69 years. It makes me want to research about the remarkable genius way ahead of his time. He wanted to fit so much into his life with so many projects it almost makes me want to search creativity and ADD...
I thought that this research might be interesting to anyone curious about loving someone with ADD:)
Structure Does Matter
Too much structure may inhibit creativity in non-ADD young people, this is not normally so in ADD individuals in whom the creative impulses are "built in". To underscore this point let's consider tragic aspects of the career of one of the greatest creative talents in history.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo's difficulty in finishing products and tasks is often brushed over lightly or ignored in current biographies. Leonardo enjoyed a comfortable, indulgent early life as the bastard son of a nobleman. Though well treated, he missed out on the more rigorous formal education and responsibilities that would have gotten had he been a legitimate heir. Leonardo's enormous artistic talent, refined in the workshop of the famous Italian artist, Verrochio, soon provided him with money and employment opportunities with aristocrats and rich merchants in Renaissance Italian society. Unfortunately, despite his staggering natural gifts, Leonardo completed less than two dozen paintings in his lifetime, and few other major products like sculptures, though all that he did was masterly. Many of his now famous sketches, human anatomy studies, engineering designs, and perceptive writings and scientific observations, written in mirror writing in his notebooks, were recovered and became known only hundreds of years after his death. None of his brilliant engineering designs seem to have been built.
Later in life Leonardo got into increasing trouble when he did not complete commissions for which he had been paid. The pioneering psychologist, Sigmund Freud, made a study of Leonardo's early life and quotes his confession while on his deathbed of his regret and anguish over failing to do his duty to God and man in his art (Leonardo da Vinci, A Memory of his Childhood, Routledge, 1999, translation of the German edition of 1910).
The known facts about Leonardo's life show that Leonardo's ADD, lack of training in discipline to sustain his efforts and finish products, combined with easy early successes, help account for the lopsided talent vs. productivity. Most likely, his temptations to continue experimenting rather than address the more boring tasks involved in completing works, were heightened by the richness and power of his imagination.
Can one imagine more powerful evidence for Ned Hallowell's emphasis on the importance of structure for ADDs? ADD talent can realize its full potential only when a person gains mastery over his energies and impulses. This appears to be as true for one of the greatest geniuses in history as for people with more modest gifts.
I wonder about the mind and then wonder about escaping into a game of chess totally hyperfocused...my mind wanders and feel that maybe I could empathize with him and his own behavior but of course not have even close the genius of Davinci!
I see that I can help out this community with chess in so many ways. I came back from the state championships with a happy undefeating team coming in 10th in the state. ...About 5 of the schools best players did'nt show. I'm sure that we could have placed in the top five or been at least the top 3a school with those kids but it worked out because 5 of the most devoted but inexperience players were able to play. 3 of them have learning disabilities with IEPs on them. One has ADHD, but he is funny and played 4th board. The others appear to have varying degrees of add (not learning when to shutup!)
Bottom line was that I felt that we would have a great trip and we did especially after I treated them to large dinners. Our number one players grandfather payed for the hotel at Amerisuites! Our team basically went first class and everything as far as the organization and cost worked out!
as usual, when you finally think everything is hunky dory is when everything starts piling up along with Betty Lou changing her mind about volunteering for the trip. Now she wants the money and be paid. There are of course no funds. I wouldn't have splurged at Fudruckers and Golden Coral otherwise.
She goes and complains about the trip even though we had a fantastic time. Why do some folks enjoy tearing you down whenever things are going well??
In these situations I'm happy to see Buffy's wagging tail and eat some food. Maybe if I keep her fed with a TV dinner , she might relax a little bit!
4:20 time in serendipachi!
$600 on the infinity but it was so nice to get the present from Muffy...
it goes a long way,...its the first time in a few days so its nice at first but then you have to fight off the depression
so a banana sure hits the spot for overthinking about the inevitability while realizing in the bath tub that I don't need to spend the time alone but with my lover...
life is too short to not spend it with your lover!
TGIF?? or should I really thank him for another boring lonely Friday.
Muffy is so far away and the only chat room is newsbusters.org...this right wing site...maybe this is how I enjoy myself?? getting a rise out of a party I despise..
Buffy looks up at me and wonders what the hell I'm doing pecking away at this keyboard or to watch a movie "Dr T" about a girlycologist in love with all these women!
I'm kinda depressed and thats when I should just go to bed rather than imbud in herb....I realize that there are too many folks to see but part of me is afraid...I've alway worried about my lack of common sense which sometimes my mind into the paranoid state over worried about what others are thinking!
the chess is over and I'm kind of emotionally letdown but I know that I can still start this project! The first step is at least writing the lesson plan or even getting the giant chess pieces going for the checkerboard courtyard in between the gym and the office. The mural and the chessboard ought to really liven up the school for next year.
Betty lou has put a damper on things and I shouldn't let her hard feelings affect my own mood and self esteem. It was nice of her to take Friday off so I only had to tolerate her for one day!
Spring is in the air but everyone seems to be going to their own cliques....sometimes the worst feeling is just being left out because they don't like my personality...this is the way my mind works when I feel my body just going into this down slump....
everything seems so much better in the am when the sun comes in and Im ready to really greet the day!