Who has ever written a perfect first draft? Who has ever had the premier piece of their writing career be the “one” — that one piece that was magnificent, error free, and resonated with every person who read it?
Certainly, not me.
Since reengaging in writing for others, a whole 29 days ago, I have received two rejections. One I knew was coming from the moment I hit submit, and the later came in the form of silence, a lack of response.
For the first few days after I submitted my first piece, I tried talking myself out of continuing. Why should I pretend I was any good, just because I wished to be? Why should I disappoint myself over and over again because I knew I didn’t have what it took?
Hindsight is 20/20 and thinking back on it now, I let all of those doubts about myself and my ability come through into that first piece. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t well put together. It was me, sort-of, kind-of trying. If I wasn’t going to put 110% into my work, why in the world would anyone else?
I reverted back to what I knew, and what had always brought me solace.
Journaling is an underrated tool in living a healthy and balanced life, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, in my humble opinion.
I worked these questions out on paper, hoping to find an answer. Of course, the answer to these questions, are more questions. More so rhetorical, than something I needed to answer.
Who says I am not any good? Just because I was rejected, does not mean I will always be rejected.
When have I ever shied away from an opportunity to learn more, to learn from my mistakes? I am a life long learner, this goes against everything I believe in.
Who says I don’t have ‘what it takes’? Does anyone even conclusively know what that ‘it’ is?
I have what it takes, anyone reading this, has what it takes.
The fact that you’re taking the time out of your day right now to read this, means you have the most important thing needed for success in any arena of your life.
You have the passion, you have the tenacity, you have the desire to chase after your dreams and turn them into reality!
If you fail at first, don’t give up. GET BACK UP! Try, try, again!