While doing our DIY project, my group faced rejection many times. Of course, we were expecting it, but once it happened it was a little disheartening. I think it is unrealistic to go about life not expecting to be rejected one way or another at least once; but even if you expect it, it doesn’t really soften the blow.
Sure rejection can be tough, and sometimes it may be hard to move on after you have been rejected, but it is in no way a sign that you should give up. In fact, I think it’s a sign that you should keep going, try harder even. If I gave up every time I got rejected I would get nothing done. Rejection isn’t always such a bad thing; it just means that your ideas or plans aren’t suitable for the person you proposed them too. Think about it this way, say you won these totally awesome front row concert tickets and meet and greet tickets to your favorite band and you were trying to find someone to go with you. If you went around asking people if they wanted to go with you, and they said no; it would most likely mean that they don’t really like the band. Now would you want to go to experience a once in a life-time opportunity with someone who doesn’t even like the band as much as you do? Of course not. You would want to experience it with someone who is as ecstatic about the band as you are. So when you keep going around asking people if they want to with you and they say no, it just means that you are one person closer to finding someone who really loves the band.
Another way I like to think about rejection is that if someone says no to you, they are missing out. I am well aware of how pretentious that may sound, but it’s true. They are missing out on you, whatever you may entail (your plans, your ideas, your friendship). Say you offer someone friendship and they don’t want anything to do with you, well that’s their loss and you can’t do anything about it. You can’t force them to be your friend, you just have to accept it and move on. You put yourself out there and as long as you tried, you can’t do anything else. It’s up to them to decide whether they are going to pass up on a great friendship or not. They have no idea what they are missing out on and well, like I said before, that rejection just makes you one person closer to finding a good friend.
Don’t let rejections, whatever they are regarding, mess with your head. Everyone gets them, it doesn’t make you any less worthy of something and it doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough. Rejection is no indication of your self-worth so don’t let it define you.
The bottom line is: Don’t let a simple rejection get in the way of your happiness!