“It isn’t the events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them.” ~ Epictetus
Oh, you worked so hard for this.
You put in your every possible effort to reach to where you are. Still, you’re not where you wanted to be.
What’s more, you gave your time, a part of life which you are not going to get back no matter what and what you expected was nothing too demanding but …
But still, it does not seem to serve the purpose for which it was all done.
Enter Stoicism, let it go. Let it go because that’s not within your control or influence.
Oh yes, it breaks your heart. It brings the rivers of tears in your eyes. That’s hard. That’s not fair. Yet, you must …
You must accept what is outside your control or influence.
If you feel helpless, then you feel helpless. There may be nothing you can do about the event.
If you accept yourself being helpless, then you might be able to do something about the situation. Or you might not be. Whatever it is, that’s the reality.
The reality is strange. There’s nothing to fear. There’s nothing to hope. So, just accept and act!
You let go of all what’s not working (accept) and see if there’s something that you can do something about.
And do it (act).