With a show of hands, how many of you out there think you’re brilliant? Maybe just an “Everyday Genius”? Okay, maybe not, but how many of you realize that you’re maybe a little different from most folks, sometimes a little weird, and feel a little lonely with that offbeat sense of humor that earns you scowls or strange looks. Yeah, you might be gifted.
I know, I know. I’m supposed to be talking about gifted kids, but not this time. Just humor me and read on. According to research, 6-10% of the people in the U.S. are believed to be gifted. Pretty small number; right? I mean, only 1 out of every 10 at most. That actually doesn’t sound that small when you think of it that way; huh? That may or may not include an often overlooked group or misfits known as underachievers. See, underachievers think they’re not as smart as those gifted people; but what if they discovered that they fit so many of the other criteria that it made them actually consider… just wonder if maybe….
Underachievers run the gamut from teachers to store clerks, to stay-at-home moms, to dads who work the 9 to 5 not because they love their job, but because that’s what responsible grownups do; right? Yes, often. And often those grownups are satisfied where they are and with what they do. But, then there are the others. Some adults want more from their lives. They actually NEED more. No, they CRAVE more. Then, of course, they return to sanity and realize that they’re getting way too old to even wonder. What’s past is past; right? What purpose would it serve even if it was true? Right?
Really? Are you sure?
Maybe it’s at least worth a look.
Maybe you’re not an underachiever. Maybe you did well in school and went on to earn your way into a successful career. Maybe you’re satisfied where you are, but maybe there’s something else.
Are you still reading this? Why? Out of curiosity? Guess what, that’s one of the biggest markers for gifted. Curiosity. Everyone is curious though; right? Are you following along with this description shaking your head in agreement at times or feeling a pang of remorse for days gone by?
You might be gifted.
Before we go any further (You’re still reading; right?), I’m no authority. The only real knowledge I have about giftedness is what I’ve read and who I am. But….If I have you thinking about it, use that curiosity gene of yours and go find out more. Yes, now.
Or let it nag you in the back of your mind.
Ponder it. Mull it over. Come back and reread all of this again, tomorrow. Try to push it aside. Push away the wonder, the irresistible tug that will resurface and make you want to do a search just to prove me wrong; or maybe right.
See, what I’m getting at is that although children today may be identified by well informed teachers, although they have testing to give insights about kids today, although you may have even caught onto some of the quirks in your reading that helped to identify your child, did you ever stop to consider that you too may have the gift?
There’s a good chance that they missed it at your school. They just didn’t know. Few people did back then.
If your child is gifted, you may be too. In fact, many gifted adults only discovered their own giftedness through their children. Are you thinking it’s too late to wonder? Would it even matter? if you’re still here reading this, there’s your answer. You owe it to yourself to find out more. It does matter. It’s important whether you’re 20, 40, or 60. It’s part of who you are. It may be that missing piece. I know it was for me.
Here are some indicators taken from Mary Elaine Jacobsen’s book, The Gifted Adult. See if they ring a bell. If not, no harm done and I thank you for your attention and consideration. If they do, please let me know. I love to help people learn. It’s what I do.
And if you’re still curious, I’ll get you started with a self-test. What could it hurt?