Actually it is just some strangers opinions about your work, and it really is no more than their particular tastes and whether the other jurors agree. Anyway, all of my work was rejected. I felt a little bit down, but truly not that much- and so I am grateful that I have the courage to put mysef in the arena, and take the rejection in stride. It didn't hurt that a few other amazing artist friends of mine were also rejected.
I don't have fear about walking at night in the woods either, but I don't because there might be coyotes and my DOG is scared of them.