And sometimes, it arrives all at once…

The anxiety, the fear,

the voices that scratch your confidence

like a chalkboard, and somehow

all the oxygen in the room suddenly becomes water

and you begin to wonder if

you have what it takes

to grow gills. You wonder

if you can blend in with the fish.

You wonder if you

will ever breathe again

and the answer is

not every building that shakes

will collapse.

The answer is

not everything that chips

will crumble.

The answer is

this is temporary

and yes, you will.