omeone has to go first.”
My swim coach’s words repeated in
my 9-year-old mind as I shivered
from adrenaline, my toes grabbing the
edge of the high dive. Her challenge
pushed me out into space as my body arched into
an awkward dive before breaking the surface of the
water. Clumsily combining a dolphin kick and a
dog paddle, I moved toward the side of the pool,
reveling in my accomplishment.
Someone has to go first.
Even when it’s scary. Even when you’re all by
yourself. That’s what I knew then, and that’s what I
Being a change agent
means taking the leap
before anyone else.