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The 9-to-5 Cure by Kristin Cardinale

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CHAPTER 14

Negotiate—Everything!

Negotiating with the world around us can be intimidating—until you get your bearings. I learned this firsthand one autumn day at a state park in Australia. I was with a small group of fellow graduate students, and we had all signed up to go “canyoning,” which I understood to be a modified hiking adventure. So I laced up my hiking boots and jumped into the rented van along with everyone else that morning.

Hours later I found myself midway up a canyon wall, clinging to the frail, craggy rock. Any subtle movement caused the thin outer layers of rock to break off and race toward the canyon floor. The hot sun was beating down, and I was completely alone. I was terrified, dehydrated, and suffering from a complete lack ...

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