Within a thirty-minute period, I received two rejection emails for stories I’d submitted. As I reached for a bottle of wine and bag of gummy bears, a news story caught my attention. Gummy bears in hand, I watched Geralyn Lucas’ story unfold.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age twenty-seven. But she didn’t sink into despair, or spend her precious time wondering why this happened to her, of all people. She didn’t even reach for the wine. Instead, she fought cancer, kicked its butt—all while wearing red lipstick!
As I listened to her story, I looked down at the wine and the gummy bears. I realized then and there-
I didn’t need a pity party, I needed a swift kick in the butt!