Early Sunday morning I was invited to speak to the Careers in Writing class at Georgia Southern University. I spent the entire day scrambling to gather notes, my thoughts, and make sure that I didn’t make a complete fool out of myself in front of a classroom full of humans. I only had twenty-four hours to prepare myself, and I knew practicing in front of my cat wouldn’t play out quite the same come Monday… After an entire day devoted to nervously organizing and getting ready for this talk (Well, not the entire day. Most of Sunday morning was spent devouring pancakes and contemplating life), I was ready. Rise and shine came early, but with coffee in hand, off to Statesboro I went. The friendly faces in the classroom calmed my nerves, as well as the idea that I was no longer a student being forced to listen.
What am I doing here? How did I become this person? The “class speaker”? The “today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I do” lady? As I began to wrap up my talk, hands started popping up one by one. I was surprised by the interested faces asking thought provoking questions. That’s when I realized, I’m here because what I do matters to these people. I graduated and began a career that they’re interested in pursuing. I’m no longer the student in the desk; I’m the speaker because today I have a few answers rather than a few questions. Now, of course I still have questions, millions and millions of questions. The day you stop asking questions is the day you stop learning; however, time and time again people find themselves in a state of self-doubt, maybe even discovering a little bit of imposter syndrome. I’m definitely guilty of this.
We must learn to believe in ourselves, in our creativity, in the things our imaginations can do. Are they sure they want to hire me? Are they sure they’ve contacted the right person? Are they sure they want me to speak? Me, inspire them? Yes, they’re sure. It’s okay to ask questions, it’s okay to be different, it’s okay to trust in your ideas. In fact, it’s good. We all have something to offer the world. We all have a few answers.