When you receive disappointing news, you tell all those closest to you in the hope that they can offer you solace and drag you out of the pit that you find yourself drowning in. When you receive disappointing news, you close your eyes and open them again and again in the hope that this is another one of your terrifying nightmares. When you receive disappointing news, you cry. When you receive disappointing news, you look back at all you have done and wonder if that wasn’t enough, if you’ll ever be enough, if you should stop trying.
It may last a few minutes, a few hours, even a few days. But it does go away.
Then you tell yourself, you are enough. You are not defined by a single number, an acceptance, a rejection. You are you, you are defined by your response to all that you go through, your struggles, your triumphs, your happiness, your sadness.
You pick yourself up, dust off your knees, and trudge ahead without looking back.
One day you’ll remember this incident and how it shaped you for the better. And you’ll thank the universe that one door closed for another to open.