But on the other hand...
I see three amazingly creative, talented individuals with a world of potential inside of them. Three young people who think outside of the box, who are much too big and unique to be placed in the confinements of "ordinary" - and I think: which is scarier... rejection or being trapped in a life of mediocrity??
It's so difficult for me to watch them audition for something they've spent hours practicing, or submit a piece of work they've labored over, and hear someone else tell them "We're sorry, but it's just not good enough." Because to my mother-eyes what they've accomplished is nothing short of perfection. A little piece of my heart dies in those moments.
Thank goodness God gave parents oversized hearts...
I suppose this is simply part of the job requirement as a parent: to build them up when they've been torn down, to encourage them to keep going when they feel like giving up, to provide them with the tools & stability they need to continue, and to remind them of just how spectacular they truly are.
Tomorrow, when my daughter goes in for one of the most important auditions she's ever been on, up to this point in her budding career as a musician, I'll be waiting in the wings before, during, and after. I'll be there to remind her not that the audition was important and not that her performance was important, but that the fact that she tried and gave it her everything was the most important thing of all. And if she gets in, great. And if she doesn't, that's ok too. I will be ridiculously proud of her, regardless.
Pic By: Yours Truly