There are a lot of things that you must be to make it as an artists’, particularly a writer. Patience, courage, diligence, and perseverance, those are just a few of the qualities that someone who goes down the road of creativity is going to need to possess. However, the most necessary quality, the one that you absolutely can not do without in the creative field, is resilience.
You have to be able to bounce back from whatever comes your way, no matter what. It’s not the way that you fall that matters, it’s the way that you pull yourself back up. Think about the stories that you hear of the people who have succeeded. What’s the most memorable thing about their story? It’s the struggle that they went through to get to their success.
From J.K. Rowlings state of poverty and her dozens of rejections before she became one of the world’s richest women with her Harry Potter Series, to Tyler Perry’s homelessness and empty seats in a theater before owning his own multi-billion dollar production company. What you remember just as much as the way that they succeeded is what they went through to get there.
I was watching the television interview that actress Valerie Harper (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) gave on the Doctors show the other day when she came on to discuss her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. She wanted to show to the rest of the world that she was okay and that while she remained realistic about the time given to her (3 months to a year) to live, she also has not given up hope.
I watched in awe, and not just because I loved her on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Rhoda Show and I think she’s awesome, but because she was just so brave and so inspiring. I don’t know that I could be smiling if a doctor told me that I have a limited time left to be on this earth.
She said one thing (well there were many) that really stuck with me, “don’t go to the funeral before the day of the funeral.” That applies to every aspect of life but just as a writer, as someone who thrives off of creativity, I had to apply it to the artists’ world. You know that there are going to be rejections, but let’s not claim that rejection before it happens. There are going to be moments of defeat, but before the moment that we are defeated, let’s not live in that defeat.
There will be disappointments, times when our expectations aren’t met, both by other people and ourselves. There are going to be struggles so hard that we are going to assume that we can’t get past them, moments when we want to just throw up our hands and say I surrender. Those are the moments that we have to remind ourselves of why we are doing this in the first place.
We’re waiting for that yes, for that feeling of being on cloud nine because everything we ever imagined for ourselves is finally becoming a reality. That is what drives us to continually getting back up and we have to keep reminding ourselves of that. We must keep getting back up. We have to live in the moment that is now so that we can keep reaching for the destiny that awaits us. Let’s not ever forget, even when we are being told no, that there is a yes waiting if we keep getting up. Getting knocked down is inevitable, let’s just remember to always bounce back!
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