I’m part of a book club at work. It’s the first book club I’ve been a member of. We’re currently reading a book about equity in education. There’s a lot to talk about and I’ve been speaking up more than I normally would.

I’m not the quiet type but I don’t usually say much in meetings or professional development sessions. It’s easier to be quiet. Maybe it’s because the book club meetings are held virtually, but I find myself wanting to contribute to the conversation and this has me thinking: what do I know that is of value?

These days, everybody has the opportunity to say anything, and a lot of people take advantage of this. YouTube is full of people just sharing their own ideas about anything. And, they’re successful at it. It’s fascinating to me that I spend so much time listening to other people tell me about things. Slowly, I’m coming around to the idea that I should be talking, too.

I have to keep talking if I’m going to do this. In the past, I’ve waded in, let the waves hit my chest, and then retreated back to shore. It’s time to get my hair wet. Moreover, I have to commit to the idea that I’m sharing my ideas. It doesn’t need to be anything more than that. It can be so simple.