So last week I started taking some medication to hopefully help with my focusing issues, and I have to say that I think it is helping. I am getting a lot more done, I am already more organized, and when I do get distracted I realize it quickly and am able to quit the distraction and resume whatever it was I was supposed to be doing. Which is all well and good if I remember to take the medication.
On Saturday morning, before I had taken my brain fixing pill, I decided to go out to the Dunkin’ Donuts to get, well, donuts, because my wife loves them, and I like giving my wife what she loves. So I hopped into the car and drove off to the donut shop. At least I tried to drive to the donut shop. I always forget which way to go to get there. I know there is a KFC one way, and a Dunkin’ Donuts the other way, and I always get them confused, but feeling confident that left was the direction I should turn, I made my move and headed towards my destination.
After a while I realized that I must have driven past it, because I was almost all the way downtown and had clearly gone too far. I had meant to look for the building out the window, but I had been really into badly singing the theme song from “Sophia the First,” and I think I just got distracted and missed it. So I pulled into a parking lot and turned the car around, hoping to spot it on the way back.
As I approached my daughter’s school I realized that I had come too far again. It was definitely not between the school and our house. So where was it? I was trying really hard to pay attention this time, and yet I couldn’t see the donut shop anywhere. I don’t know how many times I drove up and down looking for the place before I realized I was on the wrong street entirely. And let me be very clear here. The Dunkin’ Donuts is two blocks from my house, and I drive on these roads every day, so I don’t think I’m being too hard on myself when I say “Self, you are an idiot. You cannot do simple tasks that can be reasonably expected of normal humans, small children, dogs, cats, and probably squirrels.”
I should have driven up one more block before making that left turn, and once I figured this out I was able to quickly stand in a long line and purchase the donuts for my family who were all probably wondering what was taking me so long. Now, I’m not saying that medication definitely would have prevented this situation from occurring, but I’m not not saying it either. In the end though, the donuts were delicious, and that dang Sophia song was stuck in my head for the entire rest of the day. And there’s no pill you can take for that.