I recently went on a business trip, and I felt awesome about being included. At that point, I finally felt recognized as a professional.
I was also terrified.
I was the youngest one attending, and I knew that there was pressure to represent myself properly. I stressed about the trip for weeks. Once it happened, though, I realized that I had really over-thought the whole thing. I just needed to read the crowd.
In my mind, I was going to be obligated to be on point and super professional the whole time. I hadn’t thought about how laid back and awesome the people in my company are. Given, not all companies are are casual as this one. They should be, but they aren’t.
My personal moral to the story is that I need to read the crowd that I’m with. Unnecessary stress can make a good thing go sour really quickly. I need to learn how to “go with the flow.”