That Damn Imposter Syndrome

By | January 5, 2019

I wrote 31 posts in 31 days for The Good Men Project.

It’s called the Writer’s Challenge or something like that.

And it is a challenge. I’ve seriously never written this many posts in one month. Ever.

And though it was originally challenging to learn to use word press correctly and resize pics and such, I’ve gotten the hang of it now.

But still, this is a lot of posts.

And every day, I’d wonder if the words would come and if I’d have something to say. I’d also wonder, as I emailed the day’s post to my editor, if that one will be the one where she says, “Wow. That sucked. We’ve made a mistake. You’re not good at this at all”

It’s called Imposter Syndrome.

I fear that people will eventually realize that I have no idea what I’m doing, that I’m a fake, a fraud.

An imposter.

Lots of people feel this way, especially people who work in the arts. And while I’ve not found the magic technique to remove this feeling of unworthiness from my DNA, I wanted you to know that if you also have these feelings, you are not alone.

So many people feel this way.

And it sucks, and it’s painful, and it’s scary.

But we keep going!

We write, play music, and direct films. We dance, and sing, and sculpt.

Because every tiny victory, every little success, is a resource to hold next to your heart. So, in the midst of doubting yourself, you can call up the memories of those little triumphs and remind yourself, if nothing else, that you’re improving. You may not be great today, but you’re getting better. You’re doing the work.

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You’re probably touching people with your art in a way that you don’t even realize.

So, this short essay was number 20 out of 31.

And if you’re reading it, I’ve won the day.

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