Write a letter of rejection to your past self, explaining why you needed to go through the rough patches that complicated your life in the past few years to grow as a writer.
As impressive and interesting as your erstwhile efforts have been, it is unfortunately my duty to inform you that you will not be successful in attaining your goals at this time. This is not to impugn your characteristics – it is beyond question that you are a considerate, affable, intelligent and honest individual. Rather, it is your character that requires development.
There is no need to be downhearted, though it is of course natural to be somewhat disappointed. Nobody relishes rejection – however, in and of itself it can be a powerful tool, a learning experience and a motivating setback. Nothing worth having comes easily, and it is through personal struggle that we grow and strengthen the spirit. Rest assured, yours is a talent that will be recognised. Yours is an ability that will be acknowledged. Yours is a person who will be valued.
It will be arduous. That much is undeniable and unavoidable. Be under no illusions – your path will be strewn with formidable ostacles and draining trials of endurance. These will be the making of you, energy-sapping though they will be. People you love will be taken from you – lost to death, emigration and conflict. You will feel the agony of humiliation, self-doubt, anxiety and self-hatred. You will face the darkest hours that you have ever known. You will believe, many times over, that all your endeavour has been for naught.
Nonetheless, you will arrive at your destination. Bruised, bloodied, but unbowed. Having seen off your considerable challenges, you will reach that blessed place a greater, more confident, more measured and more admirable soul than you ever believed possible.
I am writing to tell you that you are not there yet.
I am writing to tell you, that you will make it.
10 years hence.
Solidarity, brothers & sisters… ☭