I attended the opening for the UNOS exhibit with some misgivings. While I generally have confidence in my own talent and abilities, I don’t always have confidence in my ability to shrug off criticism. As I looked at the other works, I reminded myself that ultimately it was more important what I felt about my work rather than what others felt. Intellectually, it’s easy. Just tell yourself that the opinions of others are less important, that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Emotionally, however, it’s easier said than done. We all want to be appreciated. We all want accolades. I did indeed get some great feedback. But, more importantly, I felt how vital it was to continue my venture because it’s something I want to do no matter what. Whether people buy or not. Whether people are critical or not. It’s something I want to do for me.