Today I’m feeling hopeful. I’m not gonna lie, this past week had been a rough one when it came to writing. I just felt like I wasn’t going anywhere and that I never would. I was thinking dark thoughts, that no author or artist, should ever think, like ‘What is this for? Why do I bother trying? Should I just give up?’ But then I realized how completely ridiculous I was being. I mean are you kidding me? I thought, Just look how far you’ve come, how much work you’ve put into this, you cant just give up. What’s wrong with you? How dare you think that? Sometimes it’s hard to see just how far I’ve come since I’m—still—unpublished, but those things take time, and also if I reflect on all I’ve done thus far…it’s a lot. I think, though, it’s easy to forget or belittle the smaller accomplishes, but one must remember the road to success is full of smaller accomplishment steppingstones. Each little accomplishment paves the way to the bigger, ultimate goal. One day you will look back and really wish you paused a little longer to appreciate the steppingstones for what they are and how they’ve shaped your way to success. You can’t just give up because it’s taking a little longer than you hoped. Imagine if J.K. Rowling had just given up after being turned down by the first agent she pitched to—there would be no Harry Potter! Can you imagine a world without Harry Potter? What would that have meant for the literary world? Or for J.K. herself? Where would she be in life if she had just given up? Would she still be in poverty still? Would she still be writing? You just never know where your life will go or how your decisions will affect it. This is why you must never give up. Never let “failures” or setbacks discourage you, because they still teach valuable lessons; rather, you should embrace it. Embrace it and move on, because if you give up now, you’ll never know just how far you could’ve gone. I think it’s natural to feel this way from time to time, as I’m sure all artists go through this, but just remember, if you never try you’ll never succeed. What do you really have to lose? Never give up.