Day 20 of the ’30 Ways To Play With Your Imposter Syndrome’ Challenge.
Two-thirds of the way through now – Huzzah!
20Solution: Change the question.
“Attention Harry Potter fans: if you’re heading overseas over summer, find a way to transit through Singapore. Trust us.
Changi Airport has teamed up with Warner Bros in Singapore to transform its airport terminals into life-sized recreations of places made famous in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts book and film series.”
There will be a Hogsmeade Village — including the Hogswarts Express train, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, Owl Post and sweet shop Honeydukes.
Terminal 3 will be transformed into Diagon Alley, featuring familiar favourites like Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Quality Quidditch Supplies.
There will be a rare replica of the famous Whomping Willow tree in terminal 2…”
“The experience is geared towards fans of all ages, so no judgment if you take up the opportunity to dress up in Hogwarts uniforms provided by a shop inspired by Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions, or taken on wizardry activities and Quidditch challenges, which are also on offer.”
As the Harry Potter airport shows..
… sometimes you can appreciate the journey as much as where you want to go.
It’s a cliché I know.
But it’s true.
That’s what the ‘Harry Potter-fied’ Changi Airport offers.
NOT just another tedious stop to where you want to go…
… But a magical place you’re delighted to travel through.
Sometimes imposter syndrome can focus too much on whether you’ve arrived yet.
When OTHER people think you’ve arrived at a point of success and achievement…
… YOU might not think you’ve made it yet at all.
And that mismatch can make you feel like a fraud.
Sometimes imposter syndrome is the perpetual ‘no’ to the question, ‘am I there yet?’.
But when you let go of whether you’ve made it or not…
… and instead focus on what you’re doing to get there…
… things can look a bit different.
The question changes from ‘am I there yet?’ to ‘am I GETTING there?’.
Which is a VERY different question.
Even if you feel like you somehow haven’t earned your own achievements…
… you can celebrate the things you’re doing to earn them.
For example, am I the best musician in my city?
But the experiences and training I go through, always adds to my skills.
Soon enough I’ll go to a two-week intensive music school.
I’ve done it twice before.
The school is brutal. It utterly destroys me. But the training makes me so much better.
Although I never feel like I’ve reached the point of ‘master musician’…
… (while some people would happily give me that label)…
… I still know I’m improving and getting closer to that ideal.
I still feel far away from it.
I may never get there.
But I am GETTING there.
I should focus less on whether I’ve made it, and remember to appreciate my journey on the way.
That’s the beauty of the the Harry Potter Airport.
If someone has a connecting flight through there, chances are they’ll be delighted.
They won’t feel stuck between places they want to be.
They can enjoy the in-between too.
And that’s something I should keep in mind when I feel I haven’t made it yet.
Just because others might think I’ve made it, but I don’t, doesn’t make me a fraud.
It just makes me someone on a journey.
How about you?
Screenshot proof below:
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Taken 2018-11-19 at 10.41.32 pm