1997 / Age 14
At the age of fourteen, I found myself in the midst of a spirited battle between dysfunctional teenage teams, all vying to complete an obstacle course—an activity that plagues every youth camp in existence. At a pivotal moment, our team realized the need for a leader. Their gaze settled on me. I could say that I confidently thought, 'I can do this, I'll devise a plan, and I'll lead us to victory,' but the truth is, I only thought, 'RUN!' Nevertheless, I accepted the role. We failed miserably, however, I learned a valuable lesson: it's okay to fail, and it's even more rewarding to learn, improve, and win!