The prompt for today’s date, 17th January, is called “in a crisis”. The challenge is to honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?
So far I actually never really thought about my abilities for crisis management. But on closer examination I think I’m doing a pretty good job on this field. I never get stressed and there’s basically nothing that can shake me to the core. If a difficult situation comes up I stay cool.When I started gathering ideas for this post one certain incident came to my mind. Last year when the exams for the school-leaving certificate (in Austria: Matura) came I was in a pretty bad state. I fell really ill shortly before and was in hospital at the very time we were supposed to take the exams. Therefore I was hardly prepared for any of the subjects and to take the tests I left the hospital in the morning just to return right after I was done. I guess this is what you could call a tough situation that’s not easy to handle.
But I did my thing and just went there and wrote the exams. I wasn’t nervous or anything, I didn’t feel stressed, to be honest I was quite at peace with myself. I didn’t even realize how relaxed I walked into the situation until I had a chat with a girl from my class. She told me that after a particular exam she went out to her car, sat down and before she was able to do anything else she started crying.
Thinking about it I was the one in the position to break down and cry but I didn’t even bother me. As I said, whatever happens I stay calm. Not that the exam didn’t matter me nor was I completely sure that I would pass but still it couldn’t faze me.
This is my basic crisis reaction. I stay calm even if the world around starts to crumble and fall to pieces. I’m pretty proud of myself that I can always keep cool no matter what. So to answer the question, yes I am really happy with the way I react. To some people it may seem like things don’t matter to me or I wouldn’t care. That’s not the case. I just don’t let it show. I don’t let anything consume me. I don’t let anything break me.