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Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate: Summer Beretsky (Transcript)

Summer Beretsky at TEDxWilliamsport

Full text of blogger Summer Beretsky’s talk: Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate at TEDxWilliamsport conference.

TRANSCRIPT: 

Summer Beretsky – Blogger at Panic About Anxiety

I want to tell you why I have a stool here.

First thing I want to say, because I’m in front of a very large crowd, I have these lights shining down on me and I have panic disorder. I just wanted to throw that out there.

So this stool is my backup plan in case I get a little too lightheaded.

So I want to start off by saying that this is a story about giving up. Giving up is not always a bad thing. And I’d like to show you how today.

We heard a lot of speakers earlier talking about how they can help their communities. But you can’t help your community until you help yourself.

So who here has read ‘Catcher in the Rye’?

OK, we’re familiar with Holden Caulfield. Holden Caulfield’s big concern about Central Park, he would go there in the winter and he thought, where did the ducks go in the winter time?

That was one of the core Holden Caulfield thoughts of the book. He wondered what happened to these animals when they were suddenly in an environment that no longer supports them.

I wondered too, I read this book in high school and I took that thought with me to college. And at some point in college, I was watching some type of animal related documentary probably on Discovery Channel or whatnot.

And one part of that documentary stuck with me. They were talking about animals and they said that when an animal is in an environment in which they don’t feel supported, an environment that can’t support the animal, they can do one of three things:

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