Today’s Bloganuary prompt is interesting – it asks this question out in the open: How am I brave?
The first thought that went through my mind, as I saw the prompt was:
Am I brave?
Am I even brave to start thinking about how brave I am?
How about zero bravery? Is that an answer?
Growing up in an environment that reeked of toxic masculinity, I associated bravery with impossible feats, such as doing things that others would not do, from silly challenges to gargantuan undertakings. It took me a while to realize that sometimes bravery does not need to be so show-off-y.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines brave like so:
having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty :
Thinking through that definition, and extrapolating that into your day-to-day life, bravery could about anything. When you challenge yourself to face a difficulty, when you show strength to support a friend, when you work hard to complete a task at work… anything.
Which brings us back to the question: How am I brave? I think I know how:
- I push my fear and anxiety aside to power through the things that I am not comfortable doing
- I choose to show up with my authentic self, sticking with the decisions that I have taken in life, without compromising my values.
- I get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself.
- I do more and more things that make me uncomfortable.
- I am not afraid to risk my life for the well-being of my loved ones.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things that scare me. I also am paranoid by default, but that is where bravery comes in. I choose to face my fears and welcome them in with all my heart. I’m doing that more and more, day-in, day-out.
And I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!
This post was written as part of the Bloganuary challenge of WordPress.com. Bloganuary is a month-long challenge, where bloggers are challenged to write a new blog post every day, based on a daily writing prompt. You will need a WordPress.com account to get the prompts, but you can blog on any platform of your choice – OR even journal privately. Oh btw, there is no bloganuary police – so you can pick your own prompts if you wish to!