It may seem strong and heroic to navigate storms alone. But it’s ok to ask for help, to seek comfort, and to find strength in others. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Don’t be afraid of looking defeated. Because those who aren’t are the ones who are the most strong and successful in the end. They lean on others, they take the hand offered to them, and they grow higher because of it.
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.
Believe in yourself. Sometimes it’s the hardest part. But you shouldn’t need someone to convince you. Be your most devoted admirer. Be your most enthusiastic cheerleader. Be your own hero. Because you deserve all the joy and love and success you wish for. And much of what stands in your way is yourself. We doubt our abilities and our visions. But you can do anything. We all can. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Come out from the shadows your hiding in. And let yourself shine.
We are all capable of change. We are all able to move on, move past, and move forward. We are all able to let go of the darkness. We are all able to heal ourselves with love. We are all able to fly even if we’ve forgotten how to. We are all able to find energy within to keep pushing on. We are all able to take what we deserve. We are all able to be courageous enough to plunge into uncharted waters. We are all the warriors and heroes of our own lives. Don’t wait around for somebody else to take your place. Choose to be them.
We all have parents, guardians, supervisors and superiors. One day we might become one of them. But which ever stage of life we are in, we can still be our own boss in many aspects of our lives. We can be the ones to discipline and motivate ourselves. We can be the ones to congratulate and praise ourselves. We can be the ones to choose happiness, decide our path, pick our surroundings. We can be the ones to tell ourselves yes when everybody else says no. We can be the ones to believe in ourselves and cheer for ourselves. Stop looking for validation and confidence through other people’s opinions and conclusions. Be your own boss, and be your own hero.
I am what I choose to become – Carl Jung