When technical conference speaker and amazing digital mentor, Sarah Mei, admitted in a Tweet that she confuses “has_one” and “belongs_to” even as a senior developer, my socks were knocked off. In the past few days, I’ve seen Twitter accounts admit to not nailing down a particular topic, given their experience. It’s been inspiring. This gives the Imposter Syndrome conversation to a pulse- a heartbeat. I jumped into the RT cycle by declaring my own small victory: after almost four years of being a web developer, CSS does not make me nervous anymore!

I hesitated to Tweet this, for sure. Future employers and future students that I will work with will read this. “She is a fraud, for shizzle!” is the reaction I could hear echo in all of the land. I hit “Tweet”. Meh, I figured, If I was was going to get raise eyebrows for anything, it would probably be for one of the occasions when I’ve broadcasted my emotionally charged political views in 140-characters not for this. The response I got was both anti-climatic and heart-warming. Nothing blew up back at me, I got a few likes, and someone even called me a superhero because CSS still gave them anxiety. <3.

CSS is always the first thing to be presented in a web development course/ tutorial track. People always seemed to nailed it first and moved on to JavaScript. What was wrong with me if I was great at Rails and JavaScript but couldn’t work myself around a float/clearfix situation? It was a bruise to my ego that steered me away from trying to dive deeper into the subject.

CSS is still not my strongest bulletin point in my resume but I can make my way around it, and I’m excited what this spirit of experimentation will bring me. I am not only writing more CSS, but I also caught myself refactoring my CSS. Wut wut!!!

Bill Nye Mind Blown