Though I originally wrote this about heartbreak, I also have a lot of friends in the event world – vendors, promoters, planners – who are having a hard time right now, and some of them are seeing their dreams not work out. I’ve been there. This is what got me through. Share it if it helps you; these are just a few of my own thoughts.
Have you had your heart, not simply broken, but systematically torn out and stomped until all that was left of it was a tiny smear?
Good! Now you have Power.
You have the power to re-make your heart.
You have the power to re-make your heart, and you don’t have to choose to make it out of rage and fear.
Make it out of the things that would repay those who did this to you in the cruelest coin of all:
Remake your heart with joy.
Remake your heart with strength.
Remake your heart with force.
Remake your heart into an imdomitable, unending factory for creating a better life, a sweeter world, a better home for your mind, soul, and needs.
Remake your heart and become something stronger, better than anyone ever imagined.
And when you see that little smudge of red still pooled on the floor, just smile. That was the old you. That was the sad you. That was the you who was afraid.
You don’t need that you any more. You have a greater self to be.
Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks). He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.