I can say with 100% honesty that I’d would absolutely describe myself right now as “adrift.” That can happen when you’re unemployed, and you’re trying to figure out what you’re doing and when (hopefully) your next job will come. It’s difficult to feel like you have no purpose or sense of direction, and when I was in college, I didn’t feel that way. I knew what I wanted to do, and I knew how I wanted to do it. These past 11 ½ years, though…they’ve been rough. I try to stay positive knowing that negativity won’t change anything, but it’s hard. It’s hard because it’s going against my natural inclination. I’m not a bubbly, vivacious person. I’ve always been a bit quiet, a bit of a pensive, more than a little bit pessimistic. Forcing myself to do a 180 and be the exact opposite of all that, not just in job interviews, but in general, is mentally and physically exhausting.