"Who am I to share my story?" (Avoiding impostor syndrome as a writer, teacher or speaker.)
"Who am I to teach? I'm not perfect."
"Why would anyone want to listen to me?"
"Doesn't wanting to teach and help others make me a huge hypocrite?"
I used to think admitting struggles or setbacks in my creative life would somehow make me look less credible, but most of the time, I've found that the case is usually the complete opposite.
According to Carl Jung, all this means is that we're all "wounded healers".
And that's not a bad thing.
Jung believed that the main reason people feel compelled to teach is when they've been through an experience themselves and want to help others through it too, because they don't want anyone else to suffer the way they did.
They try to heal others, because they themselves know what it's like to be wounded, and that's a beautiful thing. Wouldn't you agree?
Who wants to learn from someone who acts like they've always been perfect?
Who would even trust a person who is teaching about something they've never been through?
Using your experiences to help other people shouldn't be something to be ashamed of - it's actually something to be proud of, and to embrace. Because no one can deny your credibility when you're speaking from personal experience, your own journey of overcoming.
So if you're ever worried that you're not ready, or you're thinking: "Who am I to write this?" You're a wounded healer, which makes you the perfect person.
You don't have to be flawless or have completely "defeated" something in order to share your life lessons on the topic. Even if you fall from grace sometimes or don't always practice what you preach, it doesn't make you any less of a teacher.
Your wounds don't all have to be neatly healed before you can heal others.
So please stop doubting yourself, and think about all the people you will help with your stories.
Then get out there and heal some wounds.