Who among us hasn’t encountered moments of sheer panic and debilitating anxiety? Perhaps it was when you were about to be wheeled in for surgery, or maybe it was that first date, waiting to find out about your grade on a critically important final exam, or, for so many, those moments before a big performance. Joyce Carol Oates wrote, “Any kind of creative activity is likely to be stressful. The more anxiety, the more you feel that you are headed in the right direction.” And we hear similar sentiments from a wise 13-year-old, Emma LaSala.
Emma LaSala is in the seventh grade at the Gordon School in East Providence. She lives with her family in Barrington.