I remember my mom showing me my first grade report card. The teacher had commented that I needed to get more comfortable speaking in front of people. It was a weakness I seem to have overcome.
While I did not always have a dream of running for elected office, I was always standing up for people and causes and I never felt entitled to sit on the sidelines. Early in my tenure on the City Council, someone shared a quote that sort of summed up my own internal narrative. “If you’re not on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” Wise words for those who truly want to have an impact.