There have a been a couple of great posts on Life Without School lately about how kids if given time and space and encouragement really blossom. I love reading posts about older homeschooled kids and the paths they carve for themselves.
House of Tomorrow by my friend Shay Seaborne talks about how her girls have really come into their own as they have grown older and how they needed that space when they were younger to figure out their own interests and passions.
Self-directed Learners:Ryan's Story by Marsha Ransom talks about how her son followed his love of things mechanical and found a rewarding career doing something that he loves. And how it led to him discovering other passions. I love reading about kids who take a less-then traditional path to get to where they want to be (even if they did not know that was where they were going!).