Perseverance (noun): steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Today, I was rejected.
To some, rejection is an everyday occurrence. Rejection from a friend who didn’t like your Christmas present, rejection from a teacher who didn’t enjoy reading your essay, rejection from a family member who is disappointed that you forgot to do the dishes. To others, rejection is much more. It is the building of one’s dreams, hopes, and aspirations – all piled up into a heap so humongous that it blots everything else out – and then having that heap crushed, that perfect image perforated so that nothing remains but a vast emptiness.
The word of the day is not “rejection”, though. It is Perseverance. Perseverance is the strength to move on from rejection, learning from it and making yourself stronger because of it. Without rejection, perseverance would not exist. And vice versa.
I’ve learned that it is healthy – essential, even- to get beat down. To get the wind knocked out of you so harshly that all you can think of is how you’re going to live with yourself until tomorrow. So when you do realize how you’re going to live, and how you’re going to remain living – that is the power of perseverance coming to save you from rejection. It is an amazing, empowering feeling.
Today, I was rejected, and I am happy.