Definition of brave
‘having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty :having or showing courage’
Am I brave? This is something I have thought about alot recently as I take stock of where I am. I’ve realised that with all I have experienced (all the darker stuff) that I don’t shy away from difficult issues, feelings and thoughts. I face them head on and dive right in to them because things that are not easily explained fascinate me.
I want to understand how my mind works, why I feel the way I do and how to become the best version of me that I can be. I have had many, many disappointments and failures in my life. But what I have come to realise is that most of the pain was created in my mind. I’m not saying that the pain was not real, it was deeply felt but its how my mind interpreted events and situations that either increased that pain or alleviated it. The way of thinking I inherited or learned from my family is not me and is not helping me move forward in my life.
We learn how to think about ourselves and the way the world is from the environment we were brought up in. It becomes our hardwired, go to approach that with conscious awareness we can rewire our minds to think differently.
To be brave is….
to love even if your love is not returned
to go where no one else has gone
to walk through the darkness even though you are afraid
to believe in yourself even though no one else does
to speak your truth even though others may not like it
to follow the beat of your own heart to wherever it leads you
to feel fully, love fully, live fully, laugh fully….in essence to be fully alive is the bravest act of all.