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Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe there’s something in the air... but I feel like I'm seeing it a lot at the moment. When I look through my Instagram, when I speak to my friends, what I see is a lot of bravery.
Today I just wanted to take a moment to appreciate and celebrate the bravery I see around me. Because I think it’s important to recognise the bravery we practise in the ordinary, and in the challenges we face every day.
What is brave?
Brave is quiet.
Brave is showing up.
Brave is putting yourself first.
Brave is taking the time for yourself, because you honour your truth. Brave is acknowledging that you matter.
Brave is knowing what you want, and believing you can have it.
Or not knowing, and claiming your right to figure it out - in your own time.
Brave can be talking about the awkward things, when we know others would rather avoid the subject. Brave is when we point out the things that happen that others would rather not see.
Brave is naming the things that shame us. Brave is acknowledging your pain, and holding space for grief.
Brave is acceptance of the mystery. Brave is having the honesty to say ‘I don’t know’.
Brave can simply be knowing in your heart who you are; and sharing your grace with the world.
And the thing about bravery, is that we don’t always know when we’re being brave. Unlike courage, bravery is often without fear. Both are about being human in the everyday.
So why do we need to recognise our own bravery and courage?
Because if we don’t recognise when we’re being brave, we may not see it in ourselves. We might think that’s not really who we are. ‘Brave’ might be for others, but it isn’t us.
Because if we recognise those times that we showed courage, we begin to identify with that behaviour. We develop the habit. We begin to show up.
In a world where it’s way too easy to get sidetracked by what other people think and succumb to distraction by noise, we can end up looking to others for guidance, and forget how to trust our own counsel. It becomes attractive to look to others for all the answers. It's tempting to turn away from doing the hard and challenging work.
So I’d say it’s incredibly important to recognise the bravery of holding true to your whole, wonderful, complicated self.
Because it’s brave to be human, with all your flaws. It’s brave to acknowledge your limits and potentials. It’s brave to show up to the world and not know how it’ll go today.
And it’s the only way. To do the work of being human. To do the work that will make a difference to you and the people around you. It’s the only way to do the work that matters.
Here’s to you, brave. x