Have courage. It doesn’t take perfection or genius to get further in life. It takes guts. We shouldn’t be afraid of failing but afraid of not trying at all. We shouldn’t be afraid of stepping out of our comfort zone but afraid of trapping ourselves in it. We shouldn’t be afraid of our flaws but afraid of not realising their magic. We need to keep trying, keep going, to get further. We won’t ever be perfect. We won’t all be geniuses. But no matter what you think, we can all be brave. And that’s what will get us the furthest.
Imagine your fear is a friend – a paranoid, anxious and fearful friend. How could you treat them? Would you feed the fear? Would you calm the fear? Would you ignore the fear? Sometimes it’s a combination of all kinds. But what they all have in common is compassion; we would want the best for our friend. And we should extend that same courtesy to ourselves. Sometimes we have to show ourselves a little compassion, accept that we’ve set ourselves certain limits and try to move past them. Fear is a friend we should be comfortable chatting with. Fear will always be with us, so why not treat it as a friend and let it travel this journey with you? Don’t fight it, confide in it. Don’t hate it, embrace it. Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood.
We often mistakenly associate acts of courage with great leaders and heroes. We often forget that courage lies within each of us. Courage doesn’t need to be on a large scale. We don’t have to put our life in the balance to be courageous. And we don’t need to be strong all the time to be courageous. No, courage can simply be admitting how you feel. Courage can be refusing to live by other people’s rules. Courage can be letting go or holding on. Courage can be choosing not to give up. Courage can be realising that you are your own hero. And that courage within will most likely nurture someone else’s courage too. Don’t be afraid of yourself, who you are and how you feel. Own it.
The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable ~ Paul Tillich
Quote of the day.
When we’re about to jump, a number of emotions are packed into a tiny moment. Some of us shut our eyes. Some of us take a deep breath. Some of us stop breathing all together. Some of us let out a scream. Yet, there isn’t another time we feel more alive. It might be scary to take a leap, but it will be worth it in the end. Let go of the fears, the past, the inhibitions, the stories, the expectations. Be bold. Be daring. Be fierce. Be brave. Because good fortune will follow.
Be brave. If a part of our life doesn’t make us happy, we should make every effort to change it. Sometimes it means leaving behind the security and comfort of the familiar. Sometimes it means going against what is thought or expected of us. Sometimes it means taking a few steps back in order to propel forward. Be brave enough to admit what doesn’t make you happy and do something about it, even if you start out small. Because what other point is there to life other than to be happy?