A Few Writers Who Inspired Me to Be More Resilient.

At 34, I found myself picking up the pieces after a tough divorce.

Struggling to see my daughter and feeling a profound sense of loss. This rough patch led me down some dark roads, making choices that weren’t good for me, neglecting my health, and stumbling through the dating scene without much direction. Every rejection felt like another weight added to my burden of self-pity. One moment really stands out: I had set up what seemed like a promising fourth date, booked a nice spot in a lively part of London, only to have her cancel last minute.

To add salt to injury, I later saw her going into another restaurant nearby. In a city as huge as London, running into her like that felt like the universe was playing a cruel joke on me. I was swamped with emotions, jumping to conclusions about her reasons, feeling betrayed and bitter. But hitting this low forced me to take a hard look at myself and the situation. I started to learn the tough lessons of accepting what is, changing what I can, and letting go of everything else. It showed me that feeling like life is scheming against us is a common trap. The so-called ‘lucky’ ones are just those who don’t let setbacks keep them down.

Through my own ups and downs, and the wise words of some great authors, I’ve seen how crucial resilience and staying positive are when facing life’s challenges. Maya Angelou said it best: we’ll face defeats but we don’t have to be defeated. Divorce is tough, no doubt, but it’s also an opportunity to grow and find yourself again. Victor Hugo was onto something when he said that the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. It’s a reminder to keep hope alive, even in the toughest times, and to stay open to new beginnings and the chance to be happy again.

A positive mindset helps us deal with the messiness of divorce, focusing on renewal and growth rather than getting stuck in defeat. F. Scott Fitzgerald talked about the need to keep going, even when everything seems to be pulling you back. J.K. Rowling pointed out how failure and resilience are key to moving forward, which is something to remember when diving back into dating.

Every awkward date, every ghosting, is not a verdict on our worth but a step closer to finding someone who really gets us. Dating after divorce is scary, full of fears of being rejected again.

But embracing resilience means:

Seeing each step, even the missteps, as part of the journey towards someone great. It’s not just about getting over the fear of rejection; it’s about being brave enough to keep your heart open, despite past pain. Life is full of highs and lows, and we grow through how we respond to them. Facing post-divorce life and the dating world with hope and strength helps us move through these changes with dignity.

My story, and those of the authors I admire, highlight how bouncing back and staying upbeat and positive can transform the pain of divorce and the challenges of dating into opportunities for transformative growth. By choosing resilience, we find our true strength and open ourselves up to a potential of new beginnings. Remember, it’s not what happens to us that defines us, but how we handle it that's important.

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