Each of us has gifts to offer the world. It may take life experiences to recognize them and experimentation to discover how the world wants them expressed.
You can also do exercises to help surface them.
They may be un-obvious to us because they’ve always been there or have never been brought forward. We may also have learned to repress them when young.
Some of us are early bloomers, clear on what we can offer early on. Others are late bloomers, needing to work through some life experiences before they surface. And others are somewhere in between.
Some years ago, I saw the TED talk by “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert. She had an excellent insight into the impossible things we expect of gifts, using the example of artists and geniuses. She shares that, instead of “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.
When we recognize we have gifts rather than are them, we can better recognize our role as vehicles of expression. It’s not about who we are or something we control. It’s how we can be open to the flows of time. No need to play the “suffering artist.”
Gilbert also explores the origin of the word genius and the muse.