It’s simple, really.
1. No one owes us anything.
We’re not entitled to anyone’s time, admiration, or acceptance; these are privileges earned by a mixture of hard work, open-mindedness, persistence, education, and yes, luck. Last night my husband and I watched Gambit on Netflix, and this line, spoken by Colin Firth, really hit home:
“He’s seen the painting, and he’s considering being intrigued.”
It made me laugh because it’s so true. Sometimes, considering being intrigued is all we get.
2. The only person who can make you stop is you.
Even if you can wallpaper an entire room with rejection slips, you can still keep writing. Or painting or singing or dancing. I won’t sugar coat this and say you should only do it for the love of the art (though we all should) or try to pretend that validation of our work isn’t incredibly gratifying. But if you really dig beneath all that—beneath the pain of rejection and the joy of acceptance—you’ll find the only reason worth trying as hard as you do is because you love it. If you don’t, it’s just not worth it. And if you do, no amount of rejection can take away the ecstasy of creating something you love. So be unstoppable.
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