The Importance of Thick Skin
I know, after you read about the schizoid thing, you’re thinking ‘that’s easy for you to say, you don’t care anyway‘- which of course, is true, but you shouldn’t either. I was reading Meeka the other day, she wasn’t entirely content with a review she got for Voktah. The thing is, for the most part reviews don’t matter at all. They certainly don’t reflect the true quality of anything or their popularity (in the long run). Salman Rushdie was rejected by an infinity of publishers before getting on the best seller list and winning the booker prize. I’ll admit that I stand with the people who rejected his books. I find his writing utterly annoying, sickening poeticism- and that doesn’t matter at all, because it’s just my personal view. What he does obviously works for a whole lot of people. Eventually you’ll find that that’s the way of the world. Your value, the value of what you do isn’t determined by any individual opinion. It’s unreasonable to expect that everyone will like or understand what you’re trying to express, especially if it doesn’t conform to popular formulas. Keep in mind that almost all great movements in the arts were heavily criticised at first, even the Impressionists… Meanwhile, Fifty Shades of Grey made its author a millionaire. If someone doesn’t like you or what you do, that’s okay. It’s not a reflection on you or your experience, it’s much more about what their life experience has been. No matter how much I don’t understand how/why Mike doesn’t love sushi, I (now) know there’s absolutely nothing I can do to change his mind.