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Last night, I received four rejection letters from jobs I had applied to.
I should also mention that I was driving to meet my cousin for dinner in Manhattan, and in bumper to bumper traffic while these emails came in at full force.
ping, ping, ping....
Thanks, but no thanks.
You're great, we just found someone better.
Your resume and experience are very impressive, just not what we need. But don't lose hope!
The position has been filled.
Did I mention I was on a bridge when all this came through my little iPhone? (And no, I was not emailing and driving. That's a big no-no. I was in traffic that was at a dead stop - to the point where I had actually put my car in park.)
Anyway, there I was...on a bridge...looking at the rejection notifications.
And, it was awful. I just wanted to cry. There was no motivational quote to make me feel better. No mantra that would make the sting any less.
It. Just. SUCKED.
No matter what career you may choose, there will be road bumps - everyone goes through it, no matter how much they may try to keep those less than sparkly bits of their lives under wraps.
And yes, I wanted to throw in the towel. I've chosen a rather competitive field, (for those of you who don't know, I'm a director, producer, writer, and theatre teacher who is based in NY) - and it's moments like last night that make me think of quitting and picking an entirely different path altogether. Because honestly, who likes rejection? I mean, I don't particularly find it enjoyable, ya feel me?
But alas, I digress. Back to the bridge, and the NYC traffic that was taking ten years off of my life...
...I was not happy. And so I did a bit of yelling at the truck in front of me. (A bit of solitary screaming can often be good for the soul.) And then I took a deep breath...and kept driving.
Because unfortunately, (and fortunately), I love what I do. And I don't have it in me to walk away from my career aspirations.
See Ladies, no matter what career you may choose, there will be road bumps - everyone goes through it, no matter how much they may try to keep those less than sparkly bits of their lives under wraps. And those road blocks are terrible - and there's no filter that will take the sting and overwhelming defeat away.
But going forward never means giving up on what you want, on what you believe in, on what makes your heart happy
But the trick to getting through those road blocks comes with the ability to accept, and move on. Dwelling never does anyone any good. Sometimes, you just have to yell and let out those frustrations. And then just keep on driving. Sometimes, you need shed the negativity like last season's winter coat. And forge onwards. But going forward never means giving up what you want, what you believe in, what makes your heart happy. You owe it to yourself to hold on tight to the dreams that lift your spirit.
Sometimes you'll hit a road block, but that doesn't mean you cancel the trip altogether. It just means you find a different way of getting there - and that's perfectly ok.
What is a roadblock that you've recently overcome? Share with us below!
Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.
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