You have two wonderful phone interviews. You show up in person for the third. It's obvious: You're not going to get the job, temp assignment or new client because of your age. Of course, that's hard to prove and who wants to be entangled with age-discrimination litigation anyway.
That's the useful concept I picked up last night at a 12-step program focused on managing emotions. Instead of seeing the lousy things which happen to us as catastrophic and game-changing, we can blow them off as blips and temporary whatevers.
And, yes, the Shit Fairy has been known to drop by multiple times a day. That's been called a Bad Day, not a doomed career.
Takeaway: Setbacks are just setbacks. Nothing more.