Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the concept of bravery. I drove back down to Florida a few days ago by myself, listening to Stephen King’s IT on audible. A book about fear. I had a lot of time to really consider the importance of being brave.
I could go on and on about large scale examples where the hero does something selfless to save the underdog, or someone in major peril. But we never really stop to think about our own bravery, do we? A quote from Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK, says, “Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is feeling the fear, the doubt, the insecurity, and deciding that something else is more important.” That quote epitomizes the way that I have been feeling lately! It is normal to be afraid of life changes. Every decision that you make is meant to take you where you need to go in life, and often, doubt arises holding you back. There is the insecurity in going out into the world on your own and creating a life that you picture for yourself. You risk disappointment, failure, scrutiny. You face other people’s thoughts and opinions. Manson expresses that despite all the negativity, bravery is shown when we decide what is more important. I feel comfort in knowing that moving to Florida, for me, was a difficult decision. I was scared, yes! But I chose to be brave.
I knew I needed to come back to Florida. I already had a job that I LOVE, I have already met some wonderful people, and I know there is some deeper reason for me being here, but I haven’t quite uncovered it yet.
Now the important part of this topic is that I am not the only one. Each day someone is facing a decision, whether big or small. Be not afraid, my friends. Go forward and choose the path that is right for you, no matter what the fear, doubt and insecurities may tell you. Your bravery matters.
So I will leave you with this quote by author Donald Miller, “Fear tricks us into living a boring life.”