I was so fearless then. What happened?
"We’re pretty healthy at…five. What happens to that over the years…well, there are books about it. Girls lose their gumption for myriad reasons. Teachers talk about that—there’s a moment, as they transition from elementary to middle school when you can actually see them “shrink.” Even in the toughest ones, something wavers. In the timid ones, something dies. And many never regain that early fearlessness. Cowed by societal standards of behavior and beauty."