I am not good at writing.
This is not a personal-crisis situation. It's simply fact. For 90 percent of the time, I am not good at writing.
I have the privilege of writing every day as my job, and I feel a level of confidence in the work I produce. But being a good writer and being good at writing aren't necessarily synonymous.
The actual writing part is what can trip me up. It's like pulling teeth. Words come slowly. Thoughts swirl around and refuse to be articulated. Sentences pace themselves. Paragraphs take an hour. My internal editor hovers over my shoulder, tweaking and adjusting before words even appear on the page. (note: don't do this.) It is hard work and I love it.
Just because inspiration doesn't always cause my words to flow freely doesn't mean this isn't what I'm supposed to do. If anything, it only means I still have so much more to learn. And isn't life more exciting that way?
There will always be people who are better than us at what we do, and there will always be people with more natural talent. However, this does not negate our validity. It does not take away from our credibility.
Doing something you love can be hard. Refining what you're talented at can be hard.
As we pursue our passions and talents, it can be easy to trip over impostor syndrome - if only because we think that being good at something is the same thing as it being easy. Please don't believe this lie. Keep hustling. Keep going. It will only make you better.