Of everything I’ve learned during these past few weeks of reading and editing, the two most valuable are how much there is to learn from each other and the power of dialogue.
When I first read through all the submissions, I was struck by both the uniqueness and strong thread of commonality in each author’s perspective and journey. Though some of the experiences are worlds apart from my own, the sentiments are familiar and resonate deeply. I’d thought that I was pretty well-versed in many of the themes of giftedness—the overexcitabilities, intensity, twice-exceptionality, misdiagnoses and dual diagnoses, educational hurdles, etc—but as I read, I realized I was barely scratching the surface.
But of everything I’ve learned during these past few weeks of reading and editing, the two most valuable are how much there is to learn from each other and the power of dialogue.
For this first issue, we asked the authors to write about their relationship to giftedness and to the gifted community at large. How do they feel about their giftedness, what are their struggles and triumphs (and works in progress), and what do they hope to accomplish within or for the community?
Over these next few weeks, you’ll hear from a wide range of people including researchers, academics, psychologists, parents, teachers, healers, established writers, homeschoolers, unschoolers, traditional-schoolers, and everyone in between. You’ll read stories about paths to understanding giftedness, self-understanding and acceptance, advocacy, research, and the desire to connect with others in the community. I am proud beyond words to be a part of this project, and I am grateful beyond measure to each person who stepped up to begin this conversation.