I've never been the kind of person who gives up.
I will admit to getting frustrated, let down, set back, and all that jazz, but I never feel like I truly give up on something. I'm a relatively determined person who enjoys proving to myself and to other people that I can accomplish something when no one else thought I could.
For example, when I tried out for choir when I was a sophomore (yes, folks, I was a choir geek in high school...in all fairness, it was one year, and I didn't consider singing one of my talents in life - it was just a phase) a girl who was already in the choir said very hesitantly that if I tried really hard, I might be able to make it. She didn't mean anything by the statement, but I was a little stung by it. It wasn't just singing ability, but we had choreographed moves to our songs that we also had to learn (choir was a bit ridiculous at my high school...it was kind of "the thing" to do for a while, until it went downhill when I was in it). Choreography of any sort with me does not result in very good happenings. I'm kind of a klutz. Anyways...to the point of my story...I tried and practiced my very hardest and when I went to the posted list, I saw my name. The sense of accomplishment I felt was so gratifying.
Another time in high school...I wanted to be the Student Body Artist for our student government (I was one of those, too...I'm kind of a nerd, I'll admit it) and it was pretty much a goal of mine for quite a while. I worked all year on drawings I could submit and I even practiced interviewing techniques so that my interview would go over well. I felt so great and confident after my interview, and even though I was nervous after the "draw us a Lancer in one hour and we'll see what you come up with," I knew I had done my best, and that was all I could ask for. Again...when I went to the posted list and saw my name, I was ecstatic. All my hard work had paid off.
In both of those instances, I ended up getting what it was I worked for. Does that always happen? If you work hard enough, and put enough of your heart and soul into something, do you always get positive results? Or sometimes, even after you were pushed to the very edge of your sanity with something, do things just not work out? Is there a point in time you can reach where you should just give up on something?
Lots of questions to ponder...this should keep me busy for the next few days.