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I create because creation is an act of love.
I share my creations because I believe in their worth.
Not everyone is going to share that belief, but the only opinion that really matters is my own.
That said, I embrace constructive criticism and opportunities for growth.
I cultivate hope.
I refrain from the use of prophylactic pessimism to numb myself to disappointment.
I invite myself to feel everything.
Getting a rejection letter means
I dared to hope,
I dared to create,
I dared to submit my work,
and I dared to face disappointment.
I give myself permission to mourn the loss that each rejection represents:
the death of a dream.
I also give myself permission to honor
that I dared to dream in the first place.
I celebrate the incredible courage I showed
in trying to make that dream come true.