I fell in love – I mean really in love – for the first time when I was in 8th grade. All my crushes before then were just kid stuff, but Matt was the real thing. We were “going together” and everyone knew it (even though we never actually went anywhere because neither of us was allowed to date and we were too young to drive). We shared several precious kisses – at a church-sponsored dance, at an amusement park, and on my front porch. Then one day, at a dance, he danced with Gina …. to our song (Three Times a Lady by the Commodores)…and then he kissed her. And I couldn’t breathe.
I was devastated. It was a pain so intense that it reverberated across the decades. When I think about it, I can still feel the ache of that betrayal and rejection.
It wasn’t the last time I would experience rejection. Anytime you expose yourself emotionally to others you risk rejection. As a writer, you invest yourself in your work. You are putting your ideas, your skill, and your voice out there for judgement. You are actually putting yourself out there for judgement.
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