An accomplished pilot

I like to think of myself as a comic artist. Unlike Chuck, I don’t know if I would use the term “accomplished” to describe myself though. But that’s an interesting question, isn’t it? When is someone “accomplished” anyway? It’s one of those things where you know when someone is it, and you know when someone isn’t, but you have no idea where the line is in between.

Has anyone of you heard of the term “impostor syndrome”? Apparently it’s quite common, especially for successful people, to feel like they could be found out as a “fraud” at any given moment. I sure know I felt like that more than once. If you follow the “fake it till you make it” strategy in whatever area of your life, maybe that feeling is bound to come up eventually.

After 15 years, I have somehow become comfortable calling myself a comic artist. But recently, after becoming a father, I have had that “impostor” feeling again. It’s shocking how much responsibility you can sign up for with no test for capability, sanity or financial stability. And at the beginning, I felt sorry for my son for having to put up with such an amateurish dad. But as the years go by, I think I am getting the hang of that role too. Although the next curve ball is just around the corner, I can feel it.

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9 comments on “An accomplished pilot
  1. Fbs says:

    I agree with chuck. I’d rather fly a jet than a cessna 172. You can blame the national lottery for that that never granted me the lucky draw I need for that purpose

  2. Merijn @ home says:

    Lots of managers have surfaced from the working mass due to their low specific density.
    It is only a matter of time their Bubble is punched!

  3. Combi says:

    I had to read the strip two times to get it. How ironic.

  4. Tampa says:

    *Insert link to list of burn centers*

  5. Johsua says:

    Amazing! Chuck actually paid attention during upset recovery training!

  6. KenH says:

    You already are, Chuckles
    For if stupid could fly , You WOULD be a Jet

  7. JPKalishek says:

    I don’t know if I would use the term “accomplished”
    But I’ve seen your work on TV! So you’ve accomplished more than most webcomic artists and wannabes.
    Of course, that Chuck intentionally flies a helicopter erratically. Well I read he retired from that. But Chuck the Chicken can be seen on Outrageous Acts Of Science.

  8. stef says:

    JP: What? You’ve seen us on TV? Where was that? We must have missed that!

  9. EASchraer says:

    Most people learn as they go.
    That is why the 200 hour pilot joke exists. By the time a pilot reaches 200 hours he knows everything. Then, if he lives long enough he learns MUCH more.
    Mark Twain
    “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
    Linda Schrader
    “Kids don’t come if instructions tattooed on their butts. So just do the best you can and love them”
    Your doing great!

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