Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?
“I walked slowly to center stage, visably shaking. I stared out on a darkened auditorium, and my knees threatened to buckle at any moment. Panic overwhelmed me, and the poem I was to recite was long gone from me. I could feel the blood drain from my head and I was faint. Heart beating fast and hard I stood, a statue, unmoving, pleading for some unknown source to rescue me. I was nine. Beyond that simple prayer, I anticipated nothing.”