hi, I'm new here. Just an average person, I work the 9-5 job (5am start and 6pm finish however as I travel far to work) I live with my bf of 4 years, and my house rabbit and cat. Life just ticks along. I feel like I haven't got a purpose here, I just work work work, get nothing in return no spare cash etc as we are paying off my bf's huge debts.. I'm working to feed myself basically. The early starts and late finishes mean I'm exhausted most the time, my romantic life with him has gone out of the window and I'm never in the mood to cook, clean or do anything when I'm finished work. My bf thought I should take up a hobbie to occupy myself when I'm feeling low or bored on weekends, So I started my own little business decorating phone cases and accessories and it was really popular. I also started displaying my artwork around various webpages to drum up some interest. I've worked so hard, put in hours and hours when I should have been asleep for the early starts, even used my holiday off work to get all these things done for the business. Put 100% effort in, still haven't made a profit though, but I found it quite therapeutic. However this evening I looked through my drawings and there were some really horrible comments on the photos of my artwork which I spent hours and days on. Has anyone just had one of those moments where they just feel like giving up and that all the time has been wasted?? I once went to a university interview to get into do art therapy which was my passion and dream job, and they just spent the whole time slating everything i had done , I did however think my stuff was good and I really pinned my hopes on it, I was devastated when the letter came through saying I hadn't got in. I stopped eating, stopped going out, my future which I pinned on myself was gone. 4 years later I'm here ..... Tonight I have this same feeling. And I've closed down my business for good. I feel so upset but I just can't seem to take criticism well. It's all I've had to take since my very first memory. Criticism and bullies. How can I deal with this criticism in a better way? I have quite a high up job in finances and projects, I'm hoping to become quite senior quite quickly, but I just know someone will knock me back at the first hurdle, it's a very negative working environment, lots of judging people, alot older than me and ready to blame everyone for their mistakes. And the boss is ready to scream at anyone. I just worry that one day I'm going to become someone who just sits around with no ambition, no drive or energy, no passion, no friends, and no love( to be honest reckon I'm about halfway there), I need my drive and positivity back because I'm losing the will to fight anymore.