I’ll keep writing

Hi I’m Whitney.

I didn’t pass my AP test.

I know that this seems like something I wouldn’t want to tell the world about. And something I defiantly wouldn’t want to post on the internet.

So why am I doing it?

Because I know there is somebody else out there who also didn’t pass their AP test. Somebody who isn’t very good at the instrument they play. Somebody out there who didn’t qualify for State Championships in their sport. Somebody who has disappointed their parents. Somebody who wants to be a cheerleader, but can’t do the necessary back handsprings. Somebody who doesn’t feel they are good enough. Somebody out there who doesn’t have as many friends as they would like. Somebody who has been fired from their job. Somebody who loves music, but is tone deaf. Somebody who dreams of a college degree, but didn’t get a scholarship. Somebody who has worked years to compete at national championships, and when they finally get there they find themselves in last place. Somebody who wants to open a restaurant, but can’t get the financing. Somebody who dreams of playing at the symphony, but has to wait tables. Somebody who dreams of dancing with the school dance team, but doesn’t see their name on the list of those who made it. Somebody who doesn’t get the job the want. Somebody who feels they failed.

So sometimes in life we fail.

It’s life.

Now, I’d like to share with you a list of people who failed.

Al {Fox} Carraway, My all time favorite speaker/blogger said in one of her talks that the only class she ever failed in college was public speaking. Did I mention she is my favorite speaker?

Henry Ford failed several times at his automobile inventions and his failures left him broke several times. Henry Ford later introduced the assembly line to automobile production and founded the very successful Ford Motor Company.

Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper job because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Today when I coach we often pretend to swim to stretch our arms when we are stretching. When I ask them where they want to swim to they all respond with an enthusiastic “DISNEYLAND!”

Fred Astaire received the response from an executive in one of his first screen tests saying: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.” According to Wikipedia, “
“His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films, several award winning television specials, and issued numerous recordings. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. Gene Kelly, another major innovator in filmed dance, said that “the history of dance on film begins with Astaire”.

U2 received this rejection letter.

 U2 Rejection Letter 

J.K. Rowling was a single mom living off welfare when she began writing the first “Harry Potter” novel, and then Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone was rejected 12 times and she was told “not to quit her day job.” She later went on to become the richest woman in the world because of her persistence.

If I were to remove the captions that go with each name you might think this was a section from the list of most successful people.

I’d like to add my name to the list.

Whitney Reid didn’t pass her AP English test. Although she isn’t seen as a good writer by those who grade the AP test, she is seen by a good writer by many others. She has been told countless times by people who read her blog that “they needed that at that very moment” and that “they love her blog.” She was recently asked to guest post on a blog called This Little Light of Mine and was introduced by the author as “Whitney from the amazing blog, Feel my Sunlight! She is such an amazing blogger and her blog is so inspiring! She has an awesome style of writing and design. Just see for yourself! Go check out her blog- you won’t be disappointed!!”

I don’t add my name to the list because I want to show you that I am successful, but because I want to show you that you can be successful. Your name is waiting to be added to this list. We all accept failure and defeat, but those who get up and keep moving after are those who find success.

So here’s to the people who fail at first attempt. There is no learning without failure. Success doesn’t come overnight and it defiantly doesn’t come easily. “It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

I failed my AP test, but I’m going to keep writing.

And because I am a power tumbler (gymnast) I spend much of my time scrolling through motivational gymnastics videos. This is one of my favorites. And if you’re failure doesn’t apply to gymnastics I want you to watch the video and simply listen to the words because they apply to you.

“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion”
                                                    -Michael Jordan

What are you going to do?

feel my sunlight

p.s. Have you checked out Shelby’s blog This Little Light of Mine yet? You should! She is amazing and I was a guest post for her a few days ago. Check it out!!!

p.s.s. Have you ever experienced a failure which later led to success? Comment and let me know!!

2 thoughts on “I’ll keep writing

  1. Sarah K. says:

    Wonderful post, Whit! Thank you for being so open and sharing that! I really needed to hear it. I really admire your positive attitude! I'm so glad you're going to keep writing! You are a wonderful writer, even if those AP monsters can't see it. Thanks for being so amazing!



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