On disappointment and creativity

So maybe you put yourself out there to do a thing. A big thing. A thing you thought would Really Make a Difference.

And, maybe that thing didn’t work out. And you feel crushed. And you’re wondering if you should just give up. 

But here’s THE THING: If you are feeling disappointed and heartbroken, that means that you are passionate. That you wanted this. That you feel destined to keep going. 

And you know what leads to success? 

Passion and hard work.

So, even the feeling of being disappointed and heartbroken means you are on your way.

You might need time to grieve. To cry in the shower. To shove secret handfuls of chocolate chips in your mouth. THAT’S OKAY. Give yourself time and space to grieve. Care for your heart (it’s really important!)

But then, come back. PLEASE come back. Keep that passion and keep working hard.

And remember, YOU were not rejected: your application was simply not chosen. One piece of work that you put out there was not selected among HUNDREDS.

But that thing you put out there? I guarantee you that it’s big, bold, brave, and wonderful thing. You know how I know that? Because you made it. You created it out of nothing. That’s MAGIC. You have MAGIC in your heart and in your brain.

And if you give up on that, I will be so mad at you.

(This speech was prepared for delivery in my bathroom mirror but, just in case you need it too <3).

Published by Nicole Loos Miller

Mama, LCSW, SCBWI member, Hufflepuff. Sometimes I laugh at my own jokes and I never get enough sleep. Also, I think you are great.

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