Life Lessons from Water

I’ve been working on my newest novel and I’ve given it to some friends for feedback. They were really honest about parts that were good and parts that weren’t so good, but overall, they loved it. And I was really proud of it too—I put every ounce of my writing prowess into it and could honestly say it’s the best novel I’ve ever written so far.

But then I gave it to one last person and it changed everything.

“It’s bad,” she said, as her friends laughed next to her. “I almost fell asleep during the first chapter.”

Needless to say, I was pretty annoyed. But then I realized something.

Everyone loves water.

I was upset because I thought her rejection meant the story actually wasn’t that good. But everyone alive loves water. Even if you meet a smart aleck who says they don’t like water, leave them in the desert for 3 days and they’ll change their mind real quick.

Everyone loves water.

But water has no taste. It’s the most bland, boring, and dull thing you could put in your mouth. But everyone loves it—because it has no taste.

But take something that actually has taste like Moutain Dew and you’ll find people who love it and people who hate it—because it actually has a flavor.

So when it comes to art—whether you’re writing a novel, reciting a poem, doing a dance, singing a song etc.—once whatever you’re doing has a distinct flavor to it, there will always be at least one person who loves it and at least one person who hates it. But that’s okay—it just means it has taste.

As J.K. Rowling said after completing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, “Some people will loathe it. And that’s as it should be…for some people to love it, others must loathe it.”

And it means that whenever you meet someone who just doesn’t like you(or as Haitians say, “doesn’t like the shape of your head”), you don’t have to take them too seriously. It just means their taste buds can’t handle your personality.

So don’t be discouraged when someone rejects you or something you make—stay flavorful.

 

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