When life goes our way, it is a fantastic feeling. We are looking down from Cloud Nine hoping this moment will last as long as possible. That’s the thing about life though; It doesn’t always give us what we want and it’s actually a blessing for us all. It sounds strange to say right? Oh, you didn’t make the team? Great!
When we accomplish something through hard work, we feel content because it shows that our time and effort was worth it. What happens though when you give your everything and don’t get that opportunity? Rejection is hard and it hurts like Hell, but to be able to get back up and try again is a greater measure of a person’s character and determination to succeed.
As an actor and writer, my life is a constant series of rejections and successes with no set pattern of when the opportunities will come and when they won’t. Most recently I was in the interview process for a writing internship that I really wanted. I knew if I got this it would be a game changer. I worked really hard and felt great about the work I did. When I didn’t get it, I was devastated, even having those moments of wondering whether or not I was crazy to even try for it. It was then that I had to remember one of the most significant lessons I have learned, which is that the opportunities meant for you will find you.
The reality is if we all got everything we went out for, we’d be a society of spoiled adults without much of a backbone. Whether it be professional or personal, learning to embrace the rejections will only build your strength and capability to be fully ready and appreciative for when that ‘yes’ comes along. Shed your tears, but then find you inner rebel and boldly declare that you will keep going.