Day 2372: Accepted

Yesterday, I got this message from my son Aaron:

Hi, my fringe show has been accepted. There are shows from the 20th to the 24th.

Since Aaron and I both applied many months ago to perform our own shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival  (which starts in August), we’ve accepted the ever-growing possibility that neither of our shows would be accepted.

My son and I accepted the process of waiting to hear about our shows  very differently — I kept holding out hope (until  very recently) that we would both be accepted and Aaron very quickly accepted the stance of assuming that both of our shows would not go on.

I hope Aaron accepted both of my responses to his wonderful news:


What can we learn from this?

I hope you’ve accepted my intent there: to invite Aaron to hold on to hope in the future.

Personally, because I’ve accepted years of uncertainty dealing with medical issues from birth, it helps me to hold onto hope.  I’ve accepted that other people deal with uncertainty very differently. (It’s accepted that I sometimes say this in my Coping and Healing groups: “Different strokes for different folks.”)

I’ve also accepted that I probably will not get a Fringe show, which was titled Group “Therapy” with Ann. However, if I do get accepted, I’m ready!

In the meantime, YouTube has accepted a two-minute version of Free Therapy with Ann.

Aaron was accepted to teach English in Jordan this month, so when he gets back here on July 20th, we’ll make sure that YouTube accepts a longer version of that.

Also, I applied yesterday to join a panel in September for my 45th reunion at Harvard on “Picking up the Pieces: How Did You Embrace Life and Find Happiness Again?” In my application, I offered to talk about dealing with conflicting medical advice and finally getting a mechanical heart valve in 2016 (a process well documented and accepted on this blog). I wonder if my application will be accepted, especially since I offered to perform my original song “Shameless Appeals for Applause.”

Five years ago, I applied to be on a “Voices of Our Class” panel at my college reunion, and my application was not accepted.  I’ve accepted that often you have to try, try again.

In other “accepted” news, I’ve been accepted by the “Heart to Heart with Anna” podcast to be interviewed about my life with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (cctga).

I hope that my photos from yesterday are accepted by my readers:









I’ve accepted that my boyfriend Michael doesn’t like to be photographed for this blog, but I think he can accept that last photo, above.

As always, your comments are accepted, below.

I think it’s accepted here that I’ll be ending my posts  with thanks to all who help me create them and — of course! — to YOU.


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28 thoughts on “Day 2372: Accepted

  1. That two minutes of therapy was very helpful. Sometimes all we need is someone to listen. In my writing group I often say in my introduction that I have a nice large collection of rejection letters. It makes people laugh which makes it easier for me to accept the rejections, and I hope it helps them accept that rejection is part of the process.

  2. that is so great!

  3. Haha! I was like “What the heck is wrong with my phone’s speakers?” Thanks for the morning chuckles. That was great therapy and most definitely worth the price of admission.

  4. I love the photos, the idea of 2-minute therapy and that your son was accepted. I hope you will be, too.

  5. Congratulations Aaron! And I would go to any show you were headlining Ann.

  6. Good stuff! My fingers are crossed for you …. and the world 💝

  7. Congratulations to Aaron! I look forward to some blog posts about his Fringe performances.
    I appreciated the 2 minutes of therapy (although I couldn’t get any sound with the video today). But I liked yesterday’s 18 minutes of therapy about 9 times more…. Should I be mindful of that?

    This was a very interesting post. I would write more but I am packing to see my daughter and her kids in Las Vegas today.

  8. I accept that I am very fortunate to receive free therapy, not once, but twice. I am very thankful!

  9. Applause Applause Ann, great post!!!

  10. Wow what exciting news

  11. Congratulations to Aaron

  12. Congratulations to Aaron! Wow! And to you in your various accepted endeavors. 😊

    Also: A MIFFY PEN??? 😃

  13. Pingback: Day 2465: Note to self | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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