My coaches taught me what it really means to win.
The Emmy winner and former collegiate track stars still applies those life lessons today.
I ran track in college [at Boston University], and I had amazing coaches: a husband-and wife duo named Bruce and Lesley Lehane.
Even though we were there as athletes, they really put into our spirits how to take the sport and apply it to becoming good, solid humans.
We think about coaches being big, loud, yelly people, but these two had such a gentle streak.
Bruce has passed on, sadly, but they were like senseis, philosophers.
Lesley was really quiet, but her words had fire in them.
She had an ability to turn her voice into your inner voice.
They loved their athletes, and not just because they loved the sport.
It was bigger than that for them.
They would talk about focusing on your own race and the idea of not concentrating on the distractions in lanes to your left or right.
They showed me that you can lead with a nurturing hand and helped me recognize that we’re all part of a larger sum.
For the machine to work, respect and care need to be given to all parts, big and small. That is kindness.
I was able to bring a lot of what I learned on the track into my art and my life.
And that encouraging voice—I definitely still hear it and respond to that uplift.
I still say it to myself: “You got this. You can do this.”