Trying to describe myself should be easy.
Most people like to talk about themselves and my friends would tell you I certainly like to talk. However, I have always found self-promotion difficult. So, where does one start when creating a bio that will be out there for all to read? I guess it depends on the purpose of my site, but then again I’m not sure about that either, so I’m no better off than I was.
My name is J.D. (I’m still semi-anonymous because I’m a public school teacher… at least for a few more years) but on Twitter, I’m known as @thereelrandom. My wife and I have been together for almost 36 years. We have two boys, both now in their 20s. I will write about them as well. You will just have to wait. I have two brothers, one older and one younger… I’m the perfect stereotype of the middle child. My mother passed some time ago and my father lives in Florida.
I have taught social studies around central Ohio for the past 31years. I now teach Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics and American Government. Teaching is my chosen profession and except for a couple of years, when I thought I wanted to be a game warden (don’t ask), I have always wanted to be a teacher.
I was first diagnosed with ADHD at age five. I added several learning disabilities along the way to my master’s degree. My journey with depression began when I was a teen, but they did not officially diagnose me until my 30s. I’ve since undergone dTMS treatments and my depression is in full remission.
My learning disabilities coupled with my ADHD make writing and editing very challenging for me. I am committed to maintaining the stability of my mental health, which I will write about. I am very open about my mental health fight and my struggles with ADHD in a neurotypical world.
While I make no claim to be an excellent writer, I have been writing on and off for most of my life, but it was not until I wrote a eulogy for my grandmother and then my mother that I realized people not only liked what I had to say but how I said it. I realize that my grammar is crude and that I am unpolished by any kind of writing instruction. Still, I have ventured out into the world and see what becomes of my scribbles.