"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands" -Anne Frank
What do you think of when you read those three words?
How do you define BRAVE?
The thing I love most about people is that every person walks a different path. There are no two humans completely alike in thinking. You can ask three people the same question and get completely different answers and perspectives. And better yet those answers can each be incredibly valuable to another human being’s journey.
If we can look at life more as a book we are reading, rather than a competition of who is doing what or how it compares to your own steps, imagine how rich your life could be? Imagine taking these little bits and pieces from each person’s perspective and molding them into your own life.
Finding your brave.
For me, finding my brave has taken many forms over my life. It began in the very first musings of discovering who I was in my high school years. Suffocated in depression, I had no voice. I had no definition. I had a vision I was continually told that I could not achieve. I graduated immediately stepping out of my comfort zone travelling overseas to take in the world around me I never imagined. I didn’t know at the time, that this was my first step in finding my brave. I was able to truly see how life was bigger than my small world I had grew up in. There were countless voices, journeys and experiences I encountered which allowed me to see hope in embracing my original vision.
While I took a turn into the world of Anorexia that turned into 14 years, it was a constant walk in finding my brave from day to day. I encountered diverse and intriguing lives in treatment programs, twelve step meetings and those who walked with me in the difficult road of healing. The vision I would always hold in my heart would take bits and pieces of these perspectives feeding my hope to allow my brave to come through.
What is your brave?
Today, I walk my brave every day. I challenge myself in at least one thing daily. Some days it is harder than others. Other days I find the smallest of brave acts offer the biggest learning lessons. The easier days give me encouragement to take on the bigger things that will bring me my ultimate brave.
But there is no way around the ultimate brave. The ultimate brave means I am living my best life. It won’t be an experience that I can have every day. It won’t always be the easiest of steps to walk. I just know when I take a step out of my comfort zone and live life fully, I am honoring the gift of breath I breathe. I am honoring the journey.
Will you take the risk today to find your brave?