I want to write a happy squee-filled post about working at the You Can Do This Project booth at Friends for Life. I’m not sure that’s how this is going to end up though. Thankfully, I will be going mostly internet free for the next few days as I go camping with my family and will be able to ignore the post after I hit publish (they’ve promise spotty cell service but I’m skeptical).
Don’t misunderstand. I love the You Can Do This Project. I 100% believe in it and everything it represents. As I mentioned in my last post, it was exactly where I needed to be at that point in time.
When I first started the job I am in now, my boss had a phrase that she would share with the new hires. She told us that at some point we would all feel the Impostor Syndrome and that we should just “fake it ’til we make it“.
I was definitely the impostor at Friends for Life.
I stood in the booth talking to everyone from little children to grown adults who have had diabetes longer than I’ve been alive.
I encouraged them to share what they are proud of accomplishing with diabetes or what advice they would give to someone else. I reminded them that there is someone else out there who needs to hear their story, someone that is waiting for their message.
And the whole time I was thinking,
“What if I can’t do this?”
Most of the time I know I can, but recent circumstances and events have knocked me down some. I am losing the ability to believe in myself.
Like a true impostor, I have some advice for you if you are feeling knocked down too. In the booth at Friends for Life, we asked people to write a short message on a whiteboard to share with other people living with diabetes.
Here are their words of hope: