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I am not saying that we should not strive to be the very best people and professionals we can be. This is not a call to "lean out." By all means, let's strive to be amazing, but let's also aspire to be more gentle with ourselves and with others.
I still feel proud of myself when I'm organized enough to throw a meal in the slow cooker before I leave for work. I give myself an inward congratulations when I manage to actually have everything I need on me when I'm out with my son. So when do these actions become second nature instead of accomplishments? Is there a moment that's coming where I'll look at my life and say, 'yes, that's when I became a mom'?
Impostor syndrome is the fear of being found out or discovered as stupid or unworthy. I don't consider myself to be someone with especially low self-esteem, but I have often felt like an impostor among very intelligent and accomplished people, and especially around individuals with elegant, show-stopping vocabularies.