Gifted is Easy

Don’t let people tell you otherwise- being gifted is easy.

Being gifted is picking up a clarinet and playing first chair that week because you played the recorder since you were 4.

Being gifted is having a million ideas for your PhD thesis.

Being gifted is being able to take the idea of discussing a story with your child and turning it into “an educational opportunity conducive to furthering the intellect of a child through an exploration into the narrative elements of a literary event while focusing on the figurative and connotative language inherent within”.  (Yes, off the top of my head.)

Being gifted is easy.

Being gifted is needing more time for math because you invent your own algorithms and not being permitted to use them “because I said so”.

Being gifted is not understanding a story map because it’s so simple that you can’t wrap your head around why you’d have to memorize such a thing.

Being gifted is having gaps at a lower level, but really understanding much more substantial concepts at a higher level at the same time.

Being gifted is often being underestimated.

Being gifted is still not being able to wear jeans in high school because they “feel bunchy, rough, and uncomfortable”.

Being gifted is playing with stuffed animals when you’re 11.

Being gifted is remembering when you were 4 and someone thought you were a boy with your short hair and still not getting your haircut above your shoulders at age 50.

Being gifted can be difficult too.

Being gifted is knowing secrets about the world that few people realize and being told you’re crazy, weird, lying, arrogant, pushy, and “too much”.

Being gifted is wonderful, exhilarating, heartbreaking, and painful all at the same time.

But because it comes naturally…..

Being gifted is easy.

7 thoughts on “Gifted is Easy

  1. “Being gifted is not understanding __________ because it is so simple . . . ”

    Had to laugh! I can’t tell you how many times my 11 year old has struggled with a very simple problem, concept, teaching tool, because it was too simple. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve said, “Don’t over-think it. It really is as simple and straightforward as you think.” Thankfully with homeschooling we don’t have to encounter too much of the mundane busy-work. 🙂

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  2. … unless you’re Black and Gifted and people have lower expectations of you and don’t believe you’ll amount to anything and tell you so to your face.

    …unless you are a Gifted girl who happens to be Black and who loves math and goes to a math summer program and you are asked “are you sure you belong here”

    It would be so nice it being Gifted were easy for any bright, creative, intense student. But unfortunately, it is not.

    Thanks for this post.

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    1. That would be difficult, Joy. I’m sorry for your experience, but I’ve had similar ones myself where it couldn’t be interpreted as a racial issue, just ignorance. Both situations are so frustrating, especially when our already sensitive souls are further distressed.


    2. Thanks for raising this, Joy. I definitely feel like being black and a woman has complicated my experience of giftedness in a way that makes it feel hard sometimes. People look ato some of the outcomes I produce in a particular domain and expect global excellencell from that. Then, they look at my race and gender and see me as less than. All these things together can feel like double-edged sword that leaves being gifted much easier for some than others.

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