This is the message that brilliant people receive from the world.
Now that you have found something to try at, commit a significant portion of your week to it.
Cultivating a new skill takes time, and the skill of trying is no different.
Habitually saying things like “I know that I don’t always show it, but I’m super happy right now” can be a total game-changer in some cases.
For many gifted people, looking at a lamppost is a different experience than it is for the rest of the world. They see an imagined history of how the materials that comprise the post were sourced, manufactured, and installed.
A common trait amongst the gifted is that the outward expression of emotional states can be more subtle than in the rest of the population.
You can be feeling things very deeply without anyone knowing, and that can be a painful and isolating experience.
They see the way that the lamp is connected to a power grid like a cell in a greater organism of a city and how they fit into that system.
Imagine then, for a moment, what it must be like for such a person to turn their attention to their existence and what it means to be human. The brooding 15 –year-old is a cinematic trope for a reason.
People with high IQs are outliers, and outliers are often a more difficult fit in many respects because the world is not made for them.
You are different enough for it to be potentially problematic, but you are not allowed to acknowledge how you are different because to do so would be self-aggrandizing.
People are less prepared for 6-year-olds in the midst of an existential crisis befitting a 40-year-old. Thoughtfully explore how you make meaning in the realms of interpersonal relationships, how you spend your time, and what you enjoy doing/feel called to do.