Imposter syndrome isn’t anything new, nor is it rare, but it is an isolating feeling when you feel it. If it weren’t so isolating, we probably would never feel it. Being able to acknowledge how many of our peers are also fumbling their ways through life, going through the motions of their roles, and hoping no one else notices would completely invalidate the idea of being an imposter yourself.
On the flip side, some people are overconfident and think they’re more deserving of success than the more qualified people around them, which is a mystifying idea as a generally underconfident person. But the confidence, so desirable, yet unfathomable.
I’d like to exist in that unobtainable space in between the two. Allow myself to deserve the things I’ve achieved, the confidence to appreciate the skills I have, and the pause to acknowledge my accomplishments before I move the bar higher. Not everything has to be perfect, and nothing has to be perfect on the first try. And why work so hard if you’re never going to take a second to bask in the glory of how much you’ve achieved? Life is hard, but it’s also short, so we may as well enjoy it as much as we can.
I’m learning to appreciate how much I’ve done, while becoming comfortable in how much I’d still like to improve. Setting attainable goals without moving the finish line before I reach it, and reminding my friends how talented I think they are too. So, friends, I hope you know how talented and deserving you are, and remember to take moments to appreciate your accomplishments.