17 Reasons to Embrace Rejection

Amy Balmuth Staff Writer It’s something we face every day. Whether it’s a college decision or that special someone, rejection bites. But now, forum readers, I implore you to think otherwise. Reject rejection—here’s why:

  1. We’re all on your side, wearing metaphorical shirts with your face on them
  2. Somewhere there is a golden retriever puppy who’s excited to see you
  3. This will make a good book someday
  4.  “You can’t always get what you want” –Mick Jagger
  5. Rejection spelled backwards is junk food
  6. You’re in good company (we’ve all been there—Winston Churchill, Jack Kerouac, Elvis Presley—to name a few)
  7. This will only make success feel sweeter
  8. Now, you can take selfies and think about what they’re missing (hint: it’s you. And you’re awesome)
  9. You are one step closer to maturity and all the wine tastings and blazers it will bring
  10. 10.  The world is very big, and we are very small and in the grand scope of everything, you will move on to bigger and better things.
11. This too shall pass, all red lights turn green eventually (unless they’re broken, and yours is not broken) 12. You can channel this emotion into shell art 13. It’ll be a great story to tell the grandkids—show them your true grit, and start every sentence with “In my day…” 14. This could be a great mural with the right kind of paint 15. Perfection is far overrated 16. There is a possibility it wasn’t meant to be, and this is fate’s way of keeping you from a fire spitting dragon or unopened empty bag of M&Ms (or something equally awful that will only bring you down) 17. Things will get better—your future self is laughing already  ]]>