Becoming Anti-Fragile or One Step Beyond Resilience

By Brittni Barcase

When I was in my early twenties, I moved back in with my mom and stepdad after going through a breakup. I immediately started hunting for a job and applied to a restaurant I heard was highly sought after and very hard to get into without knowing someone to open the door for you. Two days later, my mom and I were eating at a different restaurant, and I asked if they were hiring, and well, they hired me on the spot.  

After four hours shadowing the woman who was training me, I hid in the bathroom and cried. Something did not feel right to me about being there. I checked my phone and saw I had a missed call from the other restaurant that I had applied for just days earlier and they, too, had offered me a job.  


Brittni Barcase is a Health Educator at Jewish Community Services.

Jewish Community Services (JCS) provides programs and services for people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them achieve their goals, enhance their wellbeing, and maximize their independence. To learn more, visit jcsbalt.org or 410-466-9200.

The Mental Well, an initiative of JCS, is an online community for young adults, created by young adults, who are navigating the highs and lows that accompany their 20s and 30s. To learn more, visit thementalwellblog.org or email thementalwell@jcsbaltimore.org.

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