No one has any clue what they are doing most of the time (certain exceptions obvs – e.g. pilots), so don’t worry if you don’t. I know everyone – teachers, parents etc – seem like they have it all figured out, but here’s the thing you will learn – they haven’t got a clue. Barely hidden underneath their functioning veneer is this indisputable fact: they are making it up as they go along, winging it from one minute to the next. Everyone is just doing their best, which sometimes is good enough and sometimes isn’t, but it’s all you ever have a right to expect. And this is before the internet put all the world’s information in people’s hands – in 1992 there was no YouTube telling people how to cook the perfect carbonara.
When you start winging it too (just with fewer excuses for not being able to cook amazing pasta), you will understand this lesson. You’ll forgive your parents, teachers etc, and appreciate them as people just like you – who make mistakes, who doubt themselves, but who keep showing up regardless. Oh yeah, keep showing up. That’s about 95% of it.