No matter what you write, it can be tough to publish your work. Many focus on perseverance, never giving up when things get tough, but sometimes it is important to reflect and realize maybe some things aren’t meant to be. When you do feel what you’ve done needs to be shared, you’ll find a way somehow. We usually see failure and rejection as a negative, and what I’ve learned from J.K. Rowling is that we should see it as an opportunity to find a new path, and direction to what you’re doing.
When it comes to work, they say that you should find something that you’re passionate about because if you love it, it does not feel like work. I think it’s partly true. I have found that it is important to find the jobs that work best for you, but even though, there will things that you have to work on. Just like when you write, if you love it, you’ll keep writing, but it does not mean that there won’t be difficulties. You have to figure out what you need to do next. Are you trying to improve the recipe? Then it’s about revising and finding another avenue for publication. Is it a stepping stone to something else? Never see your past work that does not get published as a failure, it’s something that you learned and made you become who you are.
My essay did not get accepted as I hoped, but I’m going to try to find another avenue for publication, and revise my essay as best as I can. Most of all, I’m going to keep writing because I’m passionate about it, and it always helps me. I enjoy all kind of writing, especially creative, expressive, and academic. A friend told me to keep trying and writing, and I plan to do so. I have the time to write what ever I want in between my jobs that I love. It makes me happy. My mental health is better than it used to be, but I know that it is always a work in progress. There are many reasons why. When I learned about IDONTMIND, from my favorite actors, especially one from South Texas. This movement taught me about to value my mental health and share my experiences. Another reason is because everything in my life now is providing me opportunities to do what I’m passionate about: artistic pursuits, helping others, and sharing my talents.
I have the wonderful opportunities to mentor students about writing, especially impactful when they figure out something from our discussion, or they let me know of their future success. I feel such pride in helping students complete the next step in their education, and learn English, which reminds me the most of my mom, and others in my family, who have come to the U.S. and became American citizens. I have a chance to create items to grow communities. Also share my talents for an amazing website that grows every day. I can do all that along with working on my writing pursuits and singing at church. I feel appreciated and supported. Even with setbacks, I still feel hopeful for the future. What we should focus on is the positive things in our lives, and our strengths, and where we can move forward. Let go of what does not work. Don’t let others bring you down. Don’t let what you see as weaknesses and failures become negatives, but something that can make you become the best version of yourself, and bring much of your work to the rest of the world.
I’ll always find ways to keep writing and share my work.