An enthusiastic new start doesn’t deliver all that you had hoped for. You cover up your disappointment by saying that it’s not really so important. But actually, it is. Your emotional investment in this has been enormous. Too much, even. Friends will offer new perspectives, advice and strong support; take all of it, and restore your self-belief. You will see that you did nothing wrong, and in time, all will be well.

By Bernard Fitzwalter; Illustration: Sajid Wajid Shaikh