Narrative essay.docx - Running head COUNTY FAIR 1 The Show at the County Fair Kendal Miletich Lake Superior College THE SHOW AT THE COUNTY FAIR 2 The

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Running head: COUNTY FAIR 1 The Show at the County Fair Kendal Miletich Lake Superior College
THE SHOW AT THE COUNTY FAIR 2 The Show at the County Fair People go through stressful events on the daily, but I was never used to being under stressful events since I was only going into fifth grade. Of course, I had experienced some stress in my life, but nothing such as performance anxiety. That was the case, until the day that I decided I was going to perform in the county fair with my horse. It was an average summer day when I went on a trail ride with my mom, her friend Sarah, and her friend’s daughter Caitlyn. Since Sarah knew of my experience with horses, such as going to little shows on the side and participating in trail rides like the one during our conversation, she convinced me to join 4-H with my horse. She thought I would have a lot of fun because I had only performed for fun and never in an actual competition. Little did I know, I would go through a kind of anxiety that I had never felt before. But because I pushed myself through this, I learned how to manage my anxiety and it even helped me realize that I wanted to work with animals when I grew up. When I finally decided to sign up for 4-H I was so excited because that meant I got into the fair free on all four days. After a few days, I started to realize more and more that I would be performing in front of other people, people I didn’t know. I tried to let this only be a passing thought, but it ate away at me for the weeks leading up to the show. Instead, I forced myself to focus on the other aspects of the fair, like how I should be excited to see my friends after a long summer apart, and how great all the food is going to taste. This worked for a short period, and my worries came back stronger than ever. The first thing on my list of things to do was getting everything I needed and making sure everything was organized. Getting my equipment ready for the fair was by far the easiest part of the whole process. Unfortunately, I had no idea what I even needed to bring since I’d never done this before. My mom asked Sarah and she gladly gave us a list of the necessities. On this inventory were about twenty things, some of which I don’t even remember. A couple of things I already had was one feed bag, a saddle, a bridle, and a couple of brushes. Since I was only about eleven, my mom would be the one to

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