That’s a question that many people ask, even gifted adults themselves. So what then is the answer?
Well, that depends. What do you want being gifted to mean?
Nothing that happens in our lives has any meaning until we give it meaning. And we have a lot of choice about what we can decide something means.
In the beginning, we tend to give meaning to things the same way as the people around us do. We base our interpretations on the reactions and expressions of others.
And for the most part, the way we assign meaning to something for the first time is the way it will stay, unless something significant changes it or unless we make a conscious decision to think and feel differently.
So what gifted means to you may be very much whatever it meant to the people around you when you first encountered it.
- If you first understood that giftedness meant being smart, that’s probably how you still think of it, and consequently how you think of yourself.
- If you first understood that giftedness meant that some people were better than others because gifted people had gifts that others didn’t, then that theme may be present in your life somewhere.
- If you first understood that giftedness was nonsense and was just another kind of label, then that could very well be what you still believe and your giftedness may not be used to its fullest extent.
Your beliefs stay as they are, unless you change them.
So if you don’t like what giftedness means to you, change your thoughts about it. If you have hesitations about being gifted, reconsider your beliefs.
Since the meaning of giftedness for one person may be very different than for someone else, what does it mean to you?