We are told to be brave from an early age, but I’m not sure this really hits home until there is a situation you are faced with that offers no other choice.
Those grit-your-teeth-and-ride-it-out moments, they bring out the bravery. A dilemma that can’t necessarily be spoken about or a pain that won’t be eased. The thing is, when you’re really being brave, you might not even notice you’re doing it. Or, it may take everything you’ve got. Those days when you’ve gone through a hellish ordeal and are still ploughing on, regardless. Maybe even with a sense of humour.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of putting your head above the parapet, when others won’t. Standing up for your principles, even if that means going against the tide. Not worrying about what others think of you. Or, just living through an unbearable situation.
It may be physical or emotional. It may turn out better than you could ever have hoped. But whatever it is, you’ve got this. My biggest traumas have included health battles which I’ve spoken about before. Feeling healthy and strong will never be something I take for granted. I feel happier than ever when I feel well and don’t have any dramas to contend with. I’d take that over being brave any day.
But, these unhappy scenarios have made me stronger and more in control of myself. Being brave empowers us, giving us the tools we need to gather those important people close and block out toxic influences. Bravery is also about separating the good from the bad, making that executive decision to carry some people on our journey, while trying to lose the negativity of others.
Most of all, being brave is the freedom to embrace yourself, flaws and all. You can tackle any bumps in the road with the knowledge they will shape your personality, further cementing your strength and sense of self. Whatever that next challenge may be.