The Parallel Prodigy

Challenging the imposter within - Mia’s story

Oganga Mangiti

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Photo by Chan on Unsplash

In a world where creativity thrives and success is born from unyielding self-assurance, an artist’s journey is often beset by the haunting specter of imposter syndrome. Yet, what if there existed a parallel universe where one’s doppelgänger, a counterpart of staggering success, had never grappled with the crippling self-doubt that plagues so many creative souls? The enigmatic encounter between a 27-year-old artist and their imposter-free doppelgänger opens the gateway to introspection, transformation, and a profound reassessment of their own potential.

In the bustling city of Parallaxis, where the streets teem with artistic energy and dreams take flight on canvases and stages, lives our protagonist, Mia. At 27, she stands at the crossroads of her creative journey, the weight of imposter syndrome tugging at her every brushstroke. But one fateful evening, as the sun dips below the horizon, Mia’s world bends, and she finds herself standing face to face with someone that defies her comprehension — her doppelgänger, Elara.

Elara, a radiant reflection of Mia’s untapped potential, exudes an air of confidence that seems almost unreal. She has soared to unimaginable heights as an artist, unfazed by the suffocating embrace of self-doubt. The encounter takes place in a café that Mia often frequents, but it’s like no café she’s ever known. The colors are brighter, the atmosphere electric, and as their eyes lock, Mia’s heart races with an inexplicable mix of curiosity and trepidation.

As they exchange introductions, Mia’s voice quivers, “How did you manage to escape the clutches of imposter syndrome?”

Elara’s laughter is pure, a lilting melody that dances in the air. “Imposter syndrome exists only when we allow it to, Mia. From the moment I picked up a brush, I refused to acknowledge the possibility that my art could be anything but an authentic expression of myself.”

Their conversation unfolds like the unfurling of a scroll, revealing a stark contrast in their mindsets. Mia recounts her journey — the sleepless nights spent wondering if her work is worthy, the gnawing fear of being exposed as a fraud, and the constant struggle to embrace her own unique voice. In response, Elara’s tale is one of…

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Oganga Mangiti

Oganga Mangiti, is a self-published poet & author | Best Seller and top writer | 2020 Bakanal De Afrique Fellow | Author of Love & Pain; To Heal A Broken Heart.