The diver stood on the high dive and looked down at the fifteen high school girls sitting on the bleachers. They were all staring at her, some of them shaking their heads in hopes of failure, others giving her a thumbs up in hopes of success.
She lifted her hands to the air, bounced slightly, took a deep breath, and jumped. Midway through the air, she shifted her head to the water and straightened her body, keeping her legs parallel to each other and her toes pointed upward.
When her body descended into the water, there was no pain. No belly flop. It was a perfect dive! She nailed a perfect dive from the high dive, the first girl in the class to succeed on the first try.
Some of the girls on the bleachers waved their hands in the air and cheered; others just stared in silence, dumbfounded. She took a deep breath and smiled, amazed at what she just did.
She swam to the edge of the pool and pulled herself up to the floor. As she stood up, she wondered…If I can do that, what else can I do?
Feeling invincible now, she decided that it was time to find out.