People tell me that you are never supposed to dive head first into water unless you know how deep it is. You’re also not supposed to dive in feet first. Both dives into unknown waters can potentially cause serious bodily harm.
With this in mind, I tend to sit down on the dock, dip my toes in first to gage the temperature of the water. Then I slowly edge my way in, a little at a time, allowing my body to acclimate while continuing to poke around with my toes looking for the safety of the bottom to ensure I keep my head above water.
I do this when I write too.
I have an opinion, but I am also aware that diving head or feet first is not the way to maintain or live a healthy life. One must strive to ease into a subject and leave the door open so that we get a broader feel of the temperature of others, while allowing the safety and security that comes with acceptance and knowing we can all stand with our heads held high enough to keep us from drowning, without ever being heard.