Everybody breathe. We're coming up on it, that last day of November and the end of NaNoWriMo. One of the best lessons I have learned from "NaNo" is how to appreciate my own efforts. I've done this thing for seven years? eight? I think. My official page says, hold on, four times. I know I participated under another Login in the first few years. I have the pages to prove it.
All those experiences have been valuable, though technically I've only 'completed' two projects. One of my Mother-in-Law's favorite expressions is "When you don't get what you want, you get experience."
Pardon me while I wax a little philosophical. Life is made of experiences - not exclusively of successes. Sometimes people forget that and buy into the fiction that if you aren't a 'winner' then you are by definition a 'loser'. They see life as if it was some zero-sum-gain type of exercise.
I have learned through NaNo to recognize the progress of my efforts, even when they don't bring me accolades. Sure success is nice, but by nature, it tends to be fleeting. So take a moment on November 30 to revel in your efforts. Don't spend a moment telling yourself it wasn't enough, or it isn't finished, or you should have done better. You did. You tried. That's the point.
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