#AtoZChallenge : Breathe
“Take a deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out!”
“It is going to be okay”
No, that isn’t any of my friends or a family member consoling me. Its me, Alana talking to myself like I always do! I’ve a job interview and I’m freaking out.
I stayed up all night to prepare for the interview and I felt pretty confident or so I thought! Why?
Nothing is going right since morning. The power went off and I hadn’t ironed any clothes for the interview. I had to pull out all the clothes in my wardrobe to find something that was okay to wear without ironing but it had to be formal clothing. When I finally managed to find something, it was already late. I’d to skip breakfast and run to catch the bus.
If you are late, then the whole universe conspires against you and ensured that you’ll be more late. It is a fact that you can’t deny. So you know what happened next. I missed the bus and then had to agree to pay an exorbitant price for an auto, so that I wouldn’t be more late.
I ran from the gate to the rooms where the interviews were happening. Luckily for me the interviews hadn’t started.
But just when I was about to breathe a sigh of relief, there arrived another problem.
“We need 3 copies of you resume”, announced one of the persons who was conducting the interviews.
I only had 2 and there was no printing or a photocopying shop anywhere in the close vicinity.
“Are 2 copies enough?”, I managed to ask.
“No! But if the interviewer agrees then we have no problems”
So now that brings us to the present. My kept wondering if the interviewer would agree to take only 2 copies of the resume. The more I kept thinking about it, the more I was worried. While others were discussing the hot topics for interviews for companies like this, I was freaking out even more because I seemed to remember nothing that I had studied for the interview. The skipping breakfast made it even worse because my stomach seemed to growl of hunger and I felt a little dizzy. God help me!
“Breathe, breathe, breathe!”
Life as a twenty something is so stressful isn’t it?
First there are those exams to study for and then in the exam hall you forget something or rather everything!
Then there are those projects to complete in which something has to go wrong at the last moment!
The job interviews are in another league altogether. There is not only your own reputation to take care of but also that of your parents just because Mr. XYZ’s son or daughter managed to get a job in a reputed MNC which offers a highly non-realistic amount as salary.
The situation isn’t better once you get the job. You’ve got to work long hours to make your mark. Everyone is eying that promotion and you need to work extra hard. Stress!
Then there is the stress of broken friendships and relationships to deal with.
So many reasons to be stressed about.
What can we do?
And finally it my turn for the interview. With sweaty palms and my heart beating faster and louder than ever before, I enter the interview room. I take a deep breath, hoping that I can manage it. It goes on for slightly longer that I expected to.
Then it is over!
No, not the stress, the interview I mean. After a week more of stress and then some more stress finally the results are out.
Phew! I take a deep breath!
Does stress bother you too? What do you do? Let me know in the comments.
And yes, listen to this song titles “Breathe” by Michelle Branch.
I’m participating in the #AtoZChallenge . I’m writing about the Life and Times of a Twenty Something.