I’ve always been an overachiever in all aspects of my life. I always made the highest grades in school, I was always involved in community organizations during college, I bought my first house at 23 and I have always helped take care of members of my family. For 32 years I’ve always WON so much that it makes rejection hard for me to accept.
I’m 32 years old and gradually I’m learning to deal with rejection. It’s hard and at times I act like a two year old and simply can’t deal.
For example, this past week I got news that I did not get a job that I had applied for back in July. I was qualified, highly recommended and had a GREAT interview. Unbeknown to me, I was in the final two canidates but my principal went with the other canidadate.
I was crushed so I did what any normal 3 year old would do– I pitched a fit (at home of course). When I realized that no one was going to “pat me up” I did the only thing else I could do–pray and curl up in my bed and watch The Golden Girls. There’s something about Rose, Dorothy, Sophia and Blanche that can make my darkest days better. A couple of years ago I would curl up on the couch and watch Golden Girls and eat a whole pack of cookies but luckily I’m past that stage in my life.
After spending a a couple of hours in my bed and after a lot of praying I got up and went on about my day. I realized that while rejection may be new to me there are others who have things WORSE off. Yes,I felt like crap and had a 1000 questions about why I didn’t get the job– I realize that rejection is needed so that I don’t get the “big head”. So I’m back on the grind…. working on my legacy and loving my family. That’s all that matters in the end–right?
How do you guys deal with rejection?