With great respect, this is a portion of a response I completed for an assignment on Gifted Learners who also have another diagnosis; in this case, I chose Vonnegut, an accomplished writer with a mood disorder. May he rest in peace. ❤
From “A Speculative Perspective” by Pamela Schloesser Canepa (c) 2018
I spent my life thinking,
Imagining, responding with feeling
Struggling with identity and loss,
At times, emotions reeling.
I didn’t do it their way
(You don’t have to, my friend).
Some brains work differently;
Mine won’t conform or bend.
Opportunities before me,
A scholar I could have been.
Though I did not make the grades…
I still built worlds with my pen.
***I have been fortunate enough to learn many things in a course for teaching Gifted students. Not all gifted students will graduate with honors, and not all are gifted in the same way. Some students have special challenges in addition to being intellectually different from their peers. I enjoyed this recent assignment in which I could study a bio of a gifted or brilliant famous person who also had a disability or mood disorder and then respond with either a written analysis or poem about them and their challenges. From the list, I chose Vonnegut and have since started to read that Vonnegut book I bought for my Kindle months go. I’m so glad I did! Having dealt with mood disorder in a loved one, I have often worried about their place in society. Reading Vonnegut’s bio and background truly inspired me and warmed my heart to see that he lived a long, full life. We all have our own path.