Most “creative types” refer to life as a rollercoaster at one time or another. However, that inane metaphor just perpetuates the rampant lack of originality that plagues our world. Instead, let’s look at life as if it’s the Mountain Climber game from The Price is Right – Sometimes you’re within the appropriate price range, and sometimes your little climber just yodels his way off the edge. Sometimes you just need to move on to the Showcase Showdown and spin that wheel to see what new adventures life may bring. Maybe you’ll head to the showcase, maybe you’ll WIN the showcase, or maybe you’ll simply walk away with a parting gift. No matter what, there are more thrills than just what happens on that stage.
But we’re all bound to fall off that cliff every now and then. And though this crushing defeat might make you want to dig yourself a hole and burrow swiftly under ground, you cannot forget that you have loved ones who will be right there to help you brush away the dust and mend your broken bones.
Friends, family, mentors, and co-workers: there are numerous people who want nothing more than to see you succeed, so do not shut them out. When you feel like a failure that has hit rock bottom, pushing people away and sheltering yourself from the threat of disappointment seems like the only way to carry your load. You lash out, yell and shun all their advice in hope that they will abandon you and leave you to wallow in your pity party. Think again.
Those who love you will never give up on you, even when you’ve given up on yourself. When you feel like you can’t do anything right, they will be there to prove you’ve been doing something right all along. No one has to love you – there’s no rule that says they must – but they do, so cherish that and build from there, for love makes an exceptionally sturdy foundation.