“I want to be brave, like you.”
A close friend said this to me recently. Stopped me in my tracks somewhat, as I don’t feel brave, though her words humbled me. My intention in life is not one of bravery, it is merely to be who I am as an authentic kid of God.
Upon thinking about it, pausing awhile, here’s what I believe bravery to be.
~Bravery is telling others you’re not brave.
~Bravery is facing oneself and admitting how ridiculosly hard it is – the entire shebang of YOU.
~Bravery is writing or saying your own truth without excessive editing.
~ Bravery is a cycle of learning. One not need be brave an entire life.
~Bravery is having the kishke to press publish and go on with your day.
~Bravery is asking questions and being ok with no answers.
~Bravery is waking up, feeling alone and calling a friend.
~ Bravery is laughing at yourself, with just a touch of self-deprecating humor.
~Bravery is admitting your mess ups.
~Bravery is owning your success.
~Bravery is acknowledging behaviors.
~Bravery is changing behaviors.
~Bravery is making a difficult decision, be it baby steps or full on plunge.
~Bravery requires thoughtfulness, compassion and empathy.
~Bravery is believing in someone bigger than you.
~Bravery takes time. It can not be rushed, pushed or forced.
~Bravery is exercising unconditional love.
~Bravery understands vulnerability. Vulnerability is the bravest of all.
Take note, kids. You’re probably braver than you know. Keep on.
We’ll find each other soon. 💜