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1. When you have to make an important grown up call to, say, your boss or a doctor’s office, you want to sound as professional as possible. You know, like you have your life together.

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2. Unfortunately, trying to sound professional can make you very nervous.

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3. Stakes get even higher when you get sent to voicemail.

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4. That “please leave a message after the” beep might surprise you so much that you say the completely wrong thing.

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5. Like when you start off by asking, “How are you?”

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6. Then, even when you do say the right thing, you accidentally speak in a super high-pitched voice …

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7. … Or, worse, like a deranged robot.

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8. For some reason, you can’t stop apologizing for leaving a message, even though that is exactly why voicemail exists.

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9. Also, you keep adding an “uhhh,” between every thought because pressure.

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10. Suddenly, you realize you’ve been talking for three minutes, but haven’t made your point yet.

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11. So you are extra relieved when the machine interrupts and offers you a redo if you press 3.

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12. Which you do about ten times.

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13. Until you finally record the perfect message, sounding like the chill, put-together businessperson you always knew you were.

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14. All that’s left is the goodbye. You’re feeling confident.

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15. “Bye bye,” you say, cool and collected …

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16. “I love you.”

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17. PRESS 3. PRESS 3. PRESS 3!

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18. You’ve re-recorded this message so many times, you consider adding “recording artist” to your resume.

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19. But once it’s over, the stress was worth it. You can relax now.

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20. At least until they call you back.

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