Weird topic for the day? Maybe.
But I hang in there while I make my point.
I recently colored my hair - again. I do this often, because honestly... I get bored. I used to change my hair up a lot more, but now I try to reign it in a bit so the elementary students I work with don't get completely distracted by my newest hair color.
You should hear the commotion when they come into the classroom or see me in the halls! All I did was go dark..er! Can you imagine if I went purple? ... or pink? These kids have no idea how mellow I'm being!
But, as many of you know, young kids are what we like to call... brutally honest!
I know you know what I'm talking about. They haven't quite figured out how to "put things nicely."
So what happened when I changed my hair? Most of the kids... "Oh! It's so pretty!", "I love it!" "You look so beautiful!" One 6th grade girl even made tiger claws and growled at me. LOL. This of course, all after they asked me if I dyed my hair. LOL. Obviously!
But then there are others. One girls looked at me for a minute, her deep thinker cap on, then said, "I like it better the other way." Or another one who cringed and said..."Why'd you do that?"
THE POINT: You can NEVER make EVERYONE happy!
I know you're saying, "Thanks for the happy thought, Leigh!", but you know it's true. And the sooner we come to terms with that, the better we are. Does that mean the bad reviews don't hurt? No. They suck. But there is always going to be someone out there who finds something to gripe about. Don't let them steal your momentum or your belief in yourself. Keep moving forward being proud of your work! Look at all the fantastic reviews and people who were touched by your writing! Those are people who needed to read that story. For whatever reason, you connected with them, and those are the people that matter. Not to mention - YOU!!!! Of course, we want our readers to be happy, but we write because we love it! So keep writing! Keep doing what you love and brush off the negative!
Ever had this happen to you? How do you deal with it? Any words of wisdom to share?The meaning of life is to find your gift.The purpose of life is to give it away.- William Shakespeare