Thursday, August 4, 2011

Some Words To Pass On

Certain things are easier for certain people than they are for others. For example, some people take tests with ease while others struggle even after studying.

Today, one of my professors was talking about the ability in each of us to crash and burn. Hit bottom. Fail. Maybe even betray ourselves.

And then she said, "It's not really the bad things happening but the way we react to them. Don't our reactions to difficulties define us as much as anything else? If you haven't gone to the bottom, how do you know how far you can bounce back?"

I've been reading some blogs about people being rejected by agents, friends, etc. I've also read a lot about resilience from these events. It's inspiring in many ways. Not because these individuals have had things come easily to them but because they haven't let those affect their trajectories.

So if anyone is hesitating on whether they should keep going---with this manuscript or that goal or a change----do it. The worst is not that it won't work out. The worst is if you prevent it from letting you become better because of it.


  1. Saumya..I read somewhere that the only thing that can restrict us is our imagination..we are victims of our minds, which decides that this is rejection ( a word I hate, I would rather say a book was turned down).We just need to persist with the end goal ( a published book in mind).

  2. It is nice to think about, bouncing back.

  3. Saumya, thanks for stopping by my blog today. I agree with this, as well as with the idea that each rejection is bringing us closer to our desired end. Rejection also means we are submitting, and that's a good thing! As writers, and as people of life, we must look at the big picture whenever we become discouraged.

  4. I had a class in university, where we were told we are more likely to achieve our goals when we announce them to the world. That way when people know we want to do something, we feel worse about disappointing others, than failing in secret.