The Creative Struggle
I just remembered something which Ahmad Arsalan, my friend and my mentor, had said to me several months back:
Ahmad Arsalan: "In any case, Awais, genius always gets manifested. This rejection and loneliness is actually the tool which helps shape a genius' craft. That's the creative struggle. And the essence of avant garde, which is simply not "new" but rather it first rejects the existing parameters (where artist was not being recognized) and creates its own parameters where he is alone judging his art or philosophy by parameters he himself sets. That is the path and it never fails. Just never give up and compromise with mediocrity. No anger, no remorse. Just a clear confidence that you are exceptional, and your time will come."
Your words gave me hope then, and they still do... you have taught me well.