[I've had this written for awhile but I haven't posted because I don't want it to sound negative or ungrateful. It's just something that bothers me and I'd like to put it in a new perspective. I'll do my best not to turn it into a rant.]
Please do not say that I have a gift. This thing that I do is a not a gift. I am not naturally talented.
Creativity is innate. It's an ability that's within you. Yes, it's to be valued but to call it a gift implies so many other things. To call it a gift means that not everyone has it and that's not true. It's within me, you, all of us. Everyone has a different version of it. Mine is mostly visual with a lean toward design and the abstract.
Consider this. I am not musical. I cannot sing. I cannot dance. I cannot clap to the beat of a cheer at a sporting event. Now I probably could eventually figure that out if I went to sporting events every single day and I actually partciapted in the cheers. But would you call the person next to me who is easily clapping along to the beat gifted? Were they given a gift that I was not?
Yes sometimes I look at the person and wish I could do that too but I certainly don't believe that person is somehow musically gifted. If it really bothered me that much, I could spend a little time actually trying to get better at it. I don't. Because it doesn't bother me. Much.
So to say that I am a gifted artist or whatever is silly. I've spent over 250 hours painting this year alone. Think about this...do you call your doctor gifted? I hope my doctor is experienced not gifted. Do you really want kids to think they are gifted? That they don't have to work on anything because they were given a gift? I hope not.
I hope that my kids can see that I work really hard on this. I sometimes make a good painting not because I have a gift but because I have practiced and worked and tried and failed and kept practicing. It's not a gift, it's a practice.