Atelophobia – the fear of not being good enough.
Welcome to the land of ‘Not Good Enough’. It is a grey place, a featureless world filled with impressions of banal and uninspiring, where we learn quickly that we’re not quite what is required. Here, we come to understand that we will be forever average; mediocre, and therefore lacking, never quite exactly good enough to be great. We begin differently – we imagine, and indeed are quite convinced, that one day we will ‘make it’, one day we will be recognised for the extraordinary talent we’ve kept hidden for so long, and those who knew us when we were nothing will have to revise their flawed opinion of us. One day we will be kings, and this will make everything alright, and atone for the mistakes and the tears and the frustration, and we won’t have been completely worthless all our lives.