“There is nothing to fear but fear itself. There is nothing to fear but fear itself…” I chanted to myself as I lay down hopelessly on my mom’s bed the night before my big Teach For America interview. Now, I don’t know why exactly I thought Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words would be so soothing to my ears at this point in time, but considering I had tried everything else at that point including crying, yes, crying – I had no other options. I desperately rattled off all the ways I could somehow skip tomorrow’s interview, just so I wouldn’t have to go through what I thought would be potentially embarrassing or humiliating. I thought about food poisoning, fainting, vomiting, breaking a leg, and even faking my own death!
Well okay… maybe not that last option, but still, you get the point. Continue reading “Facing Fear & Rebounding after the Letdown”