I am the youngest of six children, and have been homeschooled my entire life. Now lets expel the most classic home school misnomer right off the bat (No offense to anyone who holds such a presupposition, of course): Neither me, nor any of my siblings are socially awkward, and we haven't had any trouble making friends. Homeschooling itself doesn't do that to kids, it's how the kids are raised by their parents. I feel incredibly honored to have been homeschooled and I'm certain that it's helped teach and train me to be a better follower of Christ. It has also given me the privilege of exploring so many different art forms and never being constricted. It's given me the advantage of growing in all of them.
I'd also like to expel another homeschool misnomer: No, I'm not a super, genius, brilliant child. Far from it, really. Actually, I'm not so sure this is so much a complete misnomer, because I do know some fellow homeschoolers that ARE super genius, but I'm certainly not one of them.
With six kids in one house, you can imagine we didn't grow up with a lot of extra luxuries, at least, not what would be considered luxuries in the world today. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't describe us as poor, in any sense of the word; we always had plenty to eat and play with and I certainly never felt deprived as a kid. In actuality I'm quite certain our circumstances forced us to be creative and to come up with things to do ourselves; build tents from sheets, make cards out of construction paper, draw pictures for our mom, make up outdoor games, etc. We were never allowed to own video games growing up, something I'm still so grateful for, and movies were somewhat of a rare privilege. Sure there were "I'm bored" moments, and times when we just wanted to watch a movie more then anything in the world, but those aren't the things that stick in my head. What sticks in my head are the memories and fun, carefree times we had being creative to come up with our own activities.
Along with being creative in activities, it also forced me to create with only the things I had lying around. As stated in my sidebar "about me" I've always loved to create, and when you can't afford to run to the store and buy crafty things, you just make do with what you have. I think it forces your mind to be more clever, witty and careful about what you're doing, and how you're doing it. At least, I feel that's how it was for me and so I look on our lack of funds as a blessing, and not a curse. Lack of money can't keep you from being creative. In fact, I believe it can only make you more creative and that, even without a drop of money, one could still go out in the yard, gather sticks, reeds, acorns, and make something.
If you've actually made it this far, you deserve a pat on the back. Now go do something more productive. :)