Monday, October 14, 2013

"I Wanna See You Be Brave"

I am no longer sick, but I have a damn busy life to live, you know.  I can angst about what to write.  I try to be all "intentional" about it.  There's something the reader wants to connect with, and I've got to hint at it every time.

It's hard.

So, I was thinking today (well, actually, I think a lot about this) about how we live in a very fear-based, fear-motivated society.

Wait!  Don't go.  Stick with me here.  You may think I'm going to get political and rambly, but I won't.

I think that we're on to something when we think about how NOT to live that way.  It just feels right to question this fear.  I speak for myself, I guess.  You may not feel the same.

Regardless of what we think about fear, I want to think about what it means to BE BRAVE.

Does it mean you are vulnerable?

Honest?

Dangerous?

Confident?

Gutsy?

Honorable?

It is a fascinating word.  Thinking about what brave means is like trying to perfectly capture "love" in one sentence.

I try to be brave.  I am still just so silly when it comes to some things.  Things that really freak me out:  the first 10 minutes roller skating, going down escalators, heights, and I don't like socializing sometimes.  I know I get better at being brave with age, so that is nice.  I do think I am braver in many "small" ways.  I'm pretty honest and speak my thoughts, and socialize more.  I have been brave in tough circumstances like giving birth, surviving surgeries and calamities, moving different places, trying new things, going through divorce.

It's a good thing that my brave is increasing because I have a son.  Maybe, even though he is so sensitive, he'll have a pretty good chance at living his life in a brave manner.  I guess, to me, brave is authentic.  It's really hard to be authentic, but to be authentic is good.  Right?  Or, is that another conversation?

Moving on, I am madly in love with this song.  I'm totally providing free publicity here because this song was my entire inspiration for this blog today.  A welcome inspiration.

I love the video.  You will too.

I promise.

Brave, Sara Bareilles

Ok, so it's kinda cheesy, but there's a place for that in my heart.

6 comments:

  1. I think being brave is just being your true self. Hard to do when others are critical or think they know what's best for you.

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    1. I agree - it is one of the bravest things we can do in life is to be authentic to who we are.

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  2. I think being brave is just being your true self. Hard to do when others are critical or think they know what's best for you.

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  3. I've been witness to your bravery and felt truly amazed. Love you, Mom p.s. loved the video!

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    1. I knew you would love the video, Mom! :) Love you.

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  4. That video is great! I think you are right about people having a fear and they worry about what others may think. I remember when my daughter was in preschool and everyone would stand waiting outside at pick up not even saying hello. I told my sister and she said "You don't act all loud and silly dancing around when you pick her up do you?" I said, "You bet I do!" I would not really call that brave, but I would say it is true to myself. I could not wait to see my little one after school and she loved when I made such a big deal out of picking her up. Too many people worry about the things that are not important. I was not going to let a bunch of people who can't even say hello get to me. Life is way too short to worry about others and we should be brave! Great post my friend. I hope you are well!

    Mama Hen

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