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Sherrlene Uy

Teacher - English and Research, Glendale School, Inc. (QC, Phil)

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What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?

Hi everyone! I am working on a research about the gifted and creative individuals. I'd like to know what are the challenges that the gifted and creative people experience in your country. Share your thoughts please :) Thanks!

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  • Mar 16 2013: I consider myself both gifted and creative. I am currently experiencing my own challenge. I lost my job because after years of working in a mode I was not comfortable in, I couldn't fit into the role allocated to me any longer. So now I am a creative person looking for a job and finding that we live in a world where people expect art to be free and where making a living through creativity is considered a dream accessible only to the privileged few blessed with extraordinary talent and/or luck and the right connections.
    The world pays lip service to encouraging creativity in children, but leaves few avenues open for those so encouraged to realistically engage in it as a vocation. Rather it is relegated to the status of a hobby, or channeled into more productive and marketable skills. It is seen as something of a burden which, building inside like an unexpressed emotion, must be vented through a 'creative outlet'; as if this expression of what makes us human were not among the most amazing and utterly unique occurrences in the natural world, but a symptom of an unfortunate mental state. People say they wish they were creative. What they mean is that they believe they would enjoy being able to create something, to introduce a part of themselves into the world and give it a life apart from themselves. They really only wish they were just a little creative, just enough to reap the benefits with none of the repercussions that come from trying to find your way in a world where pursuing creativity means your options are both limitless and extremely limited, but never secure.
    Being creative means exposing your inmost self, making yourself vulnerable, and suffering or glorifying in the consequences.
    For a creative person to choose a creative path - speaking from the limited perspective of one just starting that journey - is both terrifying and tantalizingly exciting.

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