More adventures in writing

My stats at Medium have gone down somewhat. My article about “stop telling us we can all be millionaires” is by far my most popular so far.

But I wrote an article tonight about the negative aspects of gifted education and that represents a substantial victory for me. I first started thinking about that article when my oldest was a baby.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with my writing career from here and in fact, I’m just playing it by ear. But I’m really excited that I’m doing work that finally feels meaningful to me and I’m going to try hard to keep that going.

I also talked to my therapist today about wanting to get my spending under control and start saving more money. She had some helpful tips and suggestions, including that I try to think about what emotions I’m feeling when I want to shop. Right now, I really want a new purse, but I couldn’t identify my feelings about why so that made it easier to resist (for now.)

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  1. Great article. My younger brother was gifted, put into gifted program after testing at 9 years old. We were comfortably middle class but he definitely had many classmates from wealthier families. He had friends but no particularly close friends even after my parents adjusted and started to lavish him with money.

    At 19, he developed depression but fortunately recovered.

    But now, he suffers from “failure to launch”. As an adult who graduated from university 2 or 3 years ago, he still has zero drive to work even part time or ad hoc. I paid 6 years of therapy for him, and even his long term therapist who has a good bond with him (his words) couldn’t encourage him to start job hunting or pursue Masters even though our parents would pay for it all.

    (Opportunities I never ever got. I went to technical school and started working after graduation. University wasn’t something encouraged for a female in my family.)

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    1. Sadly I’m not surprised by any of that, especially the depression and the “failure to launch.” 😞 Giftedness really isn’t an excuse but I’ve also seen it happen before.

      I’m really sorry you didn’t get those opportunities because you were female. That’s just blatantly unfair. That said, though, if I could go back and do everything different, I wish I wouldn’t have gone to a gifted school.

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      1. I honestly think he struggles because he doesn’t know what to do with his life, and isn’t sure he can find a purpose.

        Which is fair, just that I’m quietly resentful of him, though the “blame” should be directed at my parents. And it’s not his fault they honestly show a lot of gender based favouritism.

        I did my best to keep it hidden, because a part of me understands why working to earn money sounds so meaningless. And I personally think while gifted school challenged him intellectually (in ways my parents and regular school couldn’t), he definitely struggled in other areas but everyone just dismissed him with “you’re gifted, figure it out yourself.”

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