It won't be long before I will have had a year on DT. In that time there have been many ups and downs. Getting my first images accepted and, shortly afterward, my first sale were the first ups, but were shortly followed by my first down with a series of rejected images (mostly ones deemed too similar to my existing portfolio).
Now, with a little more experience I am having many more 'up' days with sales (and often multiple sales), and fewer down days caused by no sales or occasional rejections.
There are also 'up' days when I am inspired to get out with my camera and 'down' days where my inspiration escapes me. This journey has also left me with a few images I wish I hadn't taken (and have disabled) and many that I wish I had taken, or even had the accumulated talent and experience to take.
So, what have I learned from these ups and downs? Well, I think it is fair to say there will always be 'down' days but the aim should be to minimise the number, but whatever happens I should remember that it won't be long before an 'up' day comes to spread a little ray of sunshine.
Enjoy the rollercoaster!