We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12: 6-8 NIV)
I love how you put this! I've been trying to watch our daughter, and I truly believe that communication through creative writing/storytelling is a gift that she has. She's been a much happier camper since we've started carving time out of each day for this. It fabulous! I don't know if it will continue, but for now it's bringing her joy.
Too many people are locked into the mindset that a kid "has to" play sports or play a musical instrument. There's nothing wrong with these activities, but I actually had one person wail to me about my (then) 1st grader "But she doesn't DO anything!" This person knew this child was (and still is) a highly gifted writer. It's difficult to get people to think out of the box.
Some people like to dismiss my challenged student too, but I think her satisfaction and pleasure in drawing for hours on end could very well turn into a career. Animators must spend hours bent over their easels or computer screens, and animated movies have been popular for at least 80 years.
It seems the most highly successful people were interested in their fields or in a related field from the word "go." They usually credit someone (parents, a teacher, or a mentor) with nurturing that fire. We as home educators are uniquely placed in our childrens' lives to fan the flames.
Parents need to keep the academic records for their teens after graduation . They may be needed for further education in 5 years.... or 10 years... or 30 years after the children