It’s All in My Head

I went to breakfast at a conference and was saying hello to fellow attendees. One woman said what I experienced as a curt ‘hi’ and I immediately made up a whole story in my head about being blown off by a beautiful woman. I had been triggered by a deep sense of fear of being rejected and spent the rest of the conference trying to both impress and yet avoid her. Once I finally stopped judging, I learned that we have a lot in common and are now great friends.