The sun rises over a line of trees, creating solar flare on the lens. This reflects a feeling of solitude.Imposter Syndrome

Every day for the last 2 years I’ve practiced karate and meditation for 1-3 hours a day. I used to practice a lot before then as well but not like the way I do it now. 40 years of practice. I’ve done it under all sorts of conditions and in all kinds of places. In the snow, in the rain, in a conference room in the basement of a big hotel, in a plaza in midtown Manhattan, in my kitchen, on my wedding day, on my daughter’s wedding day, on my son’s wedding day. Every day for just a small portion of the day I practice. My friend uses words like “polishing” when he refers to practice which is apt. You polish yourself.

Even so, some days, I feel like an imposter. Like I’m not really doing it the way I should or with true sincerity or concentration the way it is meant to be done. Maybe I’m just trying to get through it, or some of it anyway, or sometimes the experience is just not quite right. Something is “off”.

I’ve come to think of that feeling as a friend and a reminder that you are never really THERE. You are moving. And the perceptible set of experiences around you is moving as well. Everything is moving and changing with you.

When you do karate, as you train, the more you train, the more your body and mental acuity change, you become gradually more adept and this change in skill lets you see possibilities that are there for you that you just didn’t see before because you had to spend so much energy and focus just to learn how to move the way you were working on.

Feeling like an imposter can be something that is there, inside your head and heart, to help you. Remind you that there is still work to be done. That there will always be more you can learn. If you are lucky enough to have a group and a place where you can go train with teachers that have sincere motivation then having a reminder to go do it can be a good thing.

Come join us. Work hard, have fun.

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