Today is probably the highest I will feel about my professional self for a while. I was published in F&SF (a big writing deal) and start residency tomorrow (a big doctor deal). I have every reason to feel confident and proud in my abilities.
But inevitably I will be brought down a few levels. I WILL make mistakes. I WILL get rejections. I WILL have moments where I feel like I'm not supposed to be here. I'm not writing enough, I'm not learning enough, I'm not giving enough.
But that is part of growth. I will need to remember how I feel now. And remember that this combined high may not come again for years.
But it will. And when it does it will be to new heights.
In other words, bring on the next stage!