I think I failed my final exam.
I’m supposed to be writing a call for submissions post right now and I can hear my deadline as it marches toward me—tick, tock, tick, tock.
But I can’t think clearly and I feel mildly nauseated and I think I might cry.
What am I going to do? I think I failed my final exam.
What did you think you failed at? Did you actually fail or did it turn out that you were over-reacting? (I’m looking for some reassurance here.)
How do we sabotage ourselves by assuming the worst before we know the facts? (For example, there’s a 100% chance I’m not sleeping tonight.)
What happens when you find out you actually did fail? How do you cope with that? (I’m either going to throw up or cry. Maybe both.)
How do you bounce back from failure and try again? Do you dissect what you did wrong and find ways to improve? Or do you focus on your successes and write the failure off as an anomaly? Or do you just beat yourself up for a few weeks? (This would be my M.O.)
Why do we do this to ourselves? How do you stop this cycle once it starts? (Help!)
By the way, I’m serious. I think I failed my final exam, and I really am just sick about it.
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