For my second submission to this challenge, I bring you the story of bravery and how I was able to manage my fear of stage fright.
It was back when I was still running my magazine. We had quite the busy day ahead of us. After attending and covering a convention, we had a speech to give at the college we graduated from. The college had invited us to give an inspirational speech and talk about our magazine, how we started, what we accomplished and what it takes to maintain it.
Of course, both my partner and I were nervous and during the whole time I was psyching myself up. I was reciting to myself the things I wanted to say, pacing the little stage that we were to stand on in a few moments, in front of many students. Much to our disappointment, only a handful of students arrived but it certainly didn't make me less nervous. My partner went up first while I sat, flipping through the slides. She spoke about how we started and left the rest to me.
Now it was my turn. My heart was pounding, my palms felt clammy and cold and it felt as if I had been running a hundred miles before I came to stage. At first I introduced myself and started with a few stumbling words. It was hard to make eye contact at first but then I remembered what I recited to myself. I remember telling myself to just speak from the heart. I spoke and the words that came to me were ones that I never thought someone like my could speak. I was passionate about my project, confident in what I was saying. The applause that came after was a relief and so I breathed out with a smile, bravely conquering my fear one speech at time.