The Facebook post was honest and transparent yet infused with low self esteem. Someone else might have perceived that as "not good marketing" or "airing my dirty linen in public". By this stage, I was beyond caring. I felt that I had no more to lose. I was fighting a lost cause.
I might have seen this situation in a more positive light. Realise that my "straightforwardness" is not always easily understood. I saw the "Comments/Suggestions" box like a field on a form into which people could put their thoughts and ideas, for better or for worse.
Unfortunately, people (especially those of the neurotypical variety) assign emotional meaning to something that I might perceive as a non-emotional "tick box". They would rather not make constructive criticism for fear of being shamed or contradicted. People are less honest. It is easier for them to simply disappear.
Or, they simply did not see that message.
People might judge me as "flogging a dead horse". I need to recognise that this was through no fault of my own. I was lacking the backing and support from other people that I needed to give the project the attention or respect that it deserved. It was a fantastic opportunity. I learned a lot from it. I have no regrets. But the original people who thrust me into the limelight to begin with had long since moved on. Leaving me high and dry. I need to give myself more credit. It was a lot of hard work and administration keeping that gig running even for 1 year. Ultimately, it ended not through any failure of my own but simply due to depleted investment.
What people might perceive as "flogging a dead horse" is actually a sign of strength. To keep pushing and pushing against all odds. Following through. It demands a lot of energy. No wonder I was feeling burnt out.
At least I managed to see the funny side of it (taking advantage of the possibility that they did not see the message).
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I have been recommended to acknowledge and process all that I have been though, where it all started from how it has affected me.