What does it mean to live bravely? I know, it’s been done and DONE before, and rather brilliantly so, by Brene Brown and Oprah, no less. Seriously though, what does bravery actually mean and why is it such a critical component in living our lives as unburdened as possible? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word brave as having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty: having or showing courage. There are countless books, videos, life coaches and spiritual gurus—-all convincing us to “step up to bat,” swing again and again and again, until you finally hit that sucker! Show up and be accountable, no matter what is happening outside of your control; and for the love of baby Jesus, please show some gratitude while you’re doing it!
This is something that I used to struggle with constantly, in the sense that I haven’t always felt strong’ enough to use my ‘voice’ in a more purposeful way.
In a manner that reflected how I really felt, what I actually wanted from my life, what my boundaries were, and who I actually was.
I’m finding my voice now and it’s not all comfortable or easy, but the best word to describe how I’ve been feeling overall is awake. My son, Nick, mentioned today how strange, but exciting it is having greater clarity about life, in general, and I likened it to sleepwalking through life and having someone suddenly shake you awake….It’s kinda deep, actually. I don’t know if this is living bravely—– but I like it.
I’m still me, just more alert and more open to trying things that I wouldn’t have dreamed of a year ago. More introspective and less concerned with what others think about me or my perspective. This is a great thing, really.
I believe that living bravely matters because it is a reflection of your truest and purest self. Without any of the outside noise or interference…It’s the part of the soul that says to me, “It truly is okay to not go out to dinner with “B” if you’re tired, ya know?” Or, “You’ve been dreaming about doing THAT thing for years and if not now, then when? Just do it!”
Living bravely isn’t just about rescuing people from burning buildings or speaking up for the elderly woman who needs a seat on the bus, though those things certainly are acts of bravery. Sometimes, it’s the quiet voice tickling our state of consciousness, demanding that we wake the hell up and allow it to guide us toward our destined path.
How would you describe the term, living bravely? I would love to hear your thoughts on what it means to you and how it’s showing up in your life.
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