I think a lot of people have this weird fantasy that when we set out to achieve something, it will be easy and linear. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In high school, my goal was to make the district-level honor band. For my first two years of auditioning, I didn’t make it. It hurt a lot more than I’d like to admit but my senior year, I finally made it into the ensemble. Looking back, I never gave up my goal but I had many setbacks that could’ve stopped me. Right now, I feel like I am in my “failure” phase where many of the goals I am setting out for myself aren’t getting anywhere. It’ll be okay though, failure is part of the process. Thanks for reading!