55. WHAT COMES NEXT . . .

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IN HIGH SCHOOL and college, theater was a massive part of my life. Anytime I acted in or directed a production, it would become the focus of my life. In the shower, before falling asleep, in between classes, and during boring classes, I was ruminating on the show. I would work my ass off in preparation. Then the show would come and it would be exhilarating. Months of work would culminate in three or five amazing performances; then suddenly it was over. The routine disappeared. Overnight I would go from living and breathing this one thing, to having an uncomfortable amount of free time. Enter the off-putting depression ...

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