Amateur

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately; about how I’m an amateur.

This is different than impostor syndrome, in fact, I’m sort of reveling in it.

I’m an amateur handletterer, an amateur pole dancer (don’t laugh), an amateur podcaster (even though I’ve been at it since 2013), and I’m still definitely an amateur writer for this site. The wonderful thing about being an amateur is that I no longer have the urge to let these things define me.

When I was in highschool I did one thing and that was my thing. I played hockey, and it was practically how I introduced myself back then. I play about once a week now, and I still love it, AND it’s not who I am — it’s just an item on a growing list of things that I do out of pure enjoyment.

I’m grateful to get to do each of these things, knowing that it’s more important that I do them, than that I’m good at them. I’m done with the impostor syndrome mindset. Each thing is a small fraction of what I do, and I’ve never been more sure of who I am, doing things that don’t define me, but that inspire me instead.

What are you enjoying being an amateur at right now?

 


 

PS. I get asked about the I’m Just Here for the Savasana sweatshirt I’m wearing above all the time. It’s made in Canada by one of my favourite yoga businesses, Inner Fire. Enjoy 15% off on their website and on their products on Amazon with the discount code LAURAFRA.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Love this! We’re so often told we have to “go pro” (advice I also love in some cases), but I think being an amateur has such value too. I especially love that the word “amateur” means “lover of” – it doesn’t have to have any negative connotations whatsoever. I am an amateur of so many things, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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