Hadie is my new character and Hadie has ADHD.
As I develop this character in stories and artwork, I will attempt to paint a picture of what it is like living with ADHD.
In the first picture Hadie is in Oz. She has followed in Dorothy’s footsteps and has attempted to walk the familiar yellow brick road to the Emerald City. However, when she journeys further, she discovers the city is closed and when she finds a newspaper it reinforces this: ‘Wizard Closes Oz’. In the picture, scattered around Hadie, is a brain; a bottle of liquid courage; a puddle of tears; and a heart-shaped flower.
This picture represents Hadie’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis. All around her, normality disappeared, to be replaced by signs displaying things as ‘closed’. In this piece, the Emerald City represents freedom, but also the importance of self-belief. In the original story, the Wizard admits to being ‘a good man, but a bad wizard,’ and this parallels well with how governments around the world have tackled this crisis. Although groups have come together to minimise the effects of the pathogen, the way the virus grasped the world (and continues to), shows how, even though we wish for it, there is no magic cure to stop coronavirus; in order to defeat COVID, we must work together and help one another. This is further reinforced by the objects scattered around Hadie. At the end of the original story, the Wizard explained how the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion already had the traits they wanted and gave them only symbols to represent what they had sought. In this picture, Hadie is unaware these objects belong to her and are within reach at all times. The brain represents the mental toll COVID has taken on the world and the heart shows the effect the pathogen has had on relationships. The liquid courage shows how important bravery had been in helping the collective fight against this virus and the puddle of tears represents the worldwide sadness we have felt for over six months. Additionally, the newspaper represents how COVID has dominated the media for half a year.
Although this picture was drawn with a sadness, its overarching theme is hope. As is made clear, the Emerald City is closed, but it is not destroyed. COVID has closed many things we used to take for granted, but they are still there, waiting for a world where this virus is only mentioned in the pages of history books. Hadie wears her ruby slippers and the brain, courage and heart are within easy grasp, ready to show her a bright future.
Although COVID has been a struggle for everyone, when you live with ADHD it can be even more difficult to adjust to a new world where everything is different. However, with inner strength, community support and the ability to see hope above all else, anything is possible!