I’ve had various jobs in the past, all during my pre-child days. I’ve been a retail clothing minion, an information booth worker at my college convention center, a legal secretary then paralegal, and an EMT working in the emergency room. I’ve had plenty of interviews, and opportunities that have not worked out, so it’s not like I’m completely inexperienced in the work world. I’ve also gone through a lion’s share of failures and disappointments in my current full time job/passion of being mama, yet I find myself going through some unchartered waters lately.
Rejection. Career rejection. I’m surprised by how much it bothers me that I’ve been rejected by potential employers. Why is this affecting me? I’ve been there for my husband when he has gone through this from time to time, and it’s not like this is a first for me.
I can’t put my finger on why it’s eating at my brain. Is it that this is the first time in my life that my “career” is writing, and a writer’s talent and words are a very personal thing? My life is abundantly full and I don’t “need” their approval or validation (although the money would be helpful), so there’s got to be a deeper thing going on here.
I’d love to know how you handle rejection of any kind, but especially in your work. How do you let it go?