When was the last time
Did you jump from a limestone cliff into deep dark water?
Did you paddle through rushing white tides into the endless horizon?
Did you eat a grasshopper, an ant, or a worm?
Did you tell someone a truth that painted you unpretty?
Did you follow a dream no one believed could be possible?
Did you let something that you really loved go?
Was it scary? Was it hard? Were you hurt?
Was it thrilling? Was it liberating? Were you free?
When I feel the bravest is when I feel the most afraid.
Because being brave does not mean being fearless.
Being brave means owning your fears
instead of allowing them
to own you.
Being brave means enduring discomfort
knowing that it will not last forever.
Being brave means being yourself
when it appears easier
to be someone else.
Being brave means letting go
and remaining open
to new, unknown experiences
as much as it scares you
because you are ready and willing
Being brave means trusting
the voice inside yourself that says
“you can do this”
because you totally can.
What makes you feel brave?