A lot of times I write about the things that work out for me as I follow my dream to be a writer and surfer: becoming a new ambassador for Daphne’s restaurant, getting Roxy clothes in the mail, being published in magazines. But following my dream isn’t always comprised of these feel good moments born from success. Sometimes my work gets left out of magazines it was supposed to be in or I enter a contest to win a surf trip and ask everyone I know on the Internet to vote for me only to get left out of the second round. Other times, this time to be specific, I work on a film for almost two years and then submit it to a surf film festival I participated in last year only to be told it wasn’t selected.
This recent rejection led me to create a label for it on my blog to categorize all the posts I’ve written on the subject. This label is useful, not just to document the inevitable “downs” that go along with the pursuit of this dream, but because this will happen again. It’s bound to, because I am destined to put myself out there again. It’s part of who I am and this practice always comes with the appropriate amount of disappointment.