“Do you ever get nervous before an audition?” a colleague wanted to know. Let’s name him Jack.
“Not really,” I said. “I find nerves to be extremely unhelpful. Most of the time they’re the result of future memories.
“Future memories? What do you mean by that?” my colleague wanted to know.
“Well, in my mind, a memory is a reconstruction of an interpretation of what we think has happened to us in the past.
A future memory is something we’ve made up that we believe might happen one day. It’s equally unreliable, and yet people can get all worked up over them. Especially those who are into worst-case-scenario thinking. Nobody can say with certainty what’s going to happen. Take it from me, there’s nothing as unpredictable as the outcome of an audition.”
“Why is that?” asked Jack.