When you do something awesome like write a book, run a marathon, or sometimes just make it through the work week without screaming at someone, you want to share it with someone. And when you share it with someone, there’s really only one thing you want to hear:
“I love it, it’s perfect, you’re amazing”
Anne @ Unique Gifter said something especially meaningful over email last week. I hope she won’t mind if I quote her: “So glad to hear the positive feedback… sometimes I get all hyped up on things in my mind and others are like ‘uhh, whatever’ and then I’m sad.”
I have felt this way many, many times. Putting your time and energy (and sometimes more, like life and emotions) into something important to you, only to be met with something less than excitement. Something more like boredom or anti-climactic curiosity.
But I’ve got some great news: awesomeness is a two-way street. The people you share your awesomeness with are under no obligation to make you feel good about it, and you are under no obligation to care about their reaction. It’s okay to be awesome and it’s okay if people don’t know how to deal with it.
How quick to compliment are you?