Have you ever been rejected? I mean down-right RE-JECTED! I HAVE.
Let's see: In high school, I once stalked (a.k.a. adored longingly in the hallways) a Senior boy who I thought was cute. Somehow I roped him in to giving me a ride home one night, and he finally asked me (in his 18-year-old wisdom), "Why do you like me, anyway?" I had no answer. I got out of the car and never "stalked" him again. REJECTED.
I once tried to kiss a boy at the end of a date. He had spent $70 trying to win me a stuffed swan (that I never asked for) at a carnival that night, so although the date wasn't that great, I thought he deserved a "parting gift". As I did so, he turned his head so I did a face-plant into his cheek. REJECTED. My swan and I walked into the house alone.
I managed to score a date with a really interesting and popular guy in a singles ward in DC who I was so interested in getting to know better. While on our date, he fell asleep and made no excuse for it. Was I really that boring? Afterward he acted like he didn't even know me! REJECTED.
While in college, I tried out to be the host of a children's TV program in the Cincinnati market. I got so nervous on-camera that I completely choked. My mouth was so dry that I could hardly speak. I looked like a total idiot, and I got---you guessed it---REJECTED!
I once sat in a job interview and asked for like way more money that I was worth, and I got--say it with me now--REJECTED.
I even got REJECTED by my own great aunt (like a million times removed) who I was hoping would share family history information with me that would be valuable to me and my children. I felt like a real loser the day that I got that letter.
Yeah, rejection is awesome. If you haven't been rejected, under-appreciated, misunderstood, dumped, fired, etc. at least a half a dozen times in your life, then you're just not really living!
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1. Leave a comment with your best REJECTION story.
Leave more than one if you'd like. Maybe it'll be as therapeutic for you as it was for me!
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3. Call someone and wish them a Happy Valentine's Day today.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
I'll announce a winner tomorrow (if the rest of you promise not to feel too rejected.)