Friends, don't be 8-year-old me. Instead, when life gives you aerial dick attacks, take them as they come, and vow not to let them connect the next time.
It's totally OK to crumble on the ground and whimper for a while, though.
There's a Time and Place for Being a Dick
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Look, I realize that "don't be a dick" is material for a self-help library or 17 all by itself, especially for the kind of person who needs to have that told to them. Still, during whatever your quest for betterment may be, you will inevitably receive negative attention, and knowing how to handle it (and how not to handle it) is possibly the most important skill you can ever learn.
Want to be a writer? Rejection letters and emails, not to mention bad reviews and negative feedback, are going to be a factor in your life, and how you react to them can be f*****g vital. Every single step of even the most optimal path between "I sure would like to write something" and "I will now die/retire as a wealthy and successful author who has written many books" is filled with bile and brimstone, and you need to learn to take it all in stride if you ever wish to reach even a fraction of your ultimate goal. This applies to everything, too. Want to be a rock star? A small-business owner? The hobo holding a sandwich board on the corner of 4th and Mercury? All of those aspirations will require you to eat a bucketload of s**t, be it in the form of bad reviews, frustrating city officials, or drunk frat boys who keep trying to set you on fire. Some of these things are perfectly OK to jump-kick, others aren't. And not everyone can tell the difference.
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