I was taught to confront things you can't avoid. Death is one of those things. To live in a society where you're trying not to look at it is stupid because looking at death throws us back into life with more vigour and energy. The fact that flowers don't last for ever makes them beautiful.
Prejudices in disfavor of a person fix deeper, and are much more difficult to be removed, than prejudices in favor.
For me it was just important to play my game and believe until the end. Even now, Venus is not in the top 10, but you can still feel she can be back again.
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