This year's challenge my theme is risk. There is so much in this world to risk, and so much that we have to understand about it.
The letter B blog post is for Being Brave! Have you ever had a time when you knew that you were going to have to be brave in order to take a risk? Are we born with bravery or is it something that we learn? Do you think that we are braver as children, or adults?
When I think back over my life I think the greatest risks I have taken are those when I was my bravest. Moving to a new country where I literally knew no one and had to figure out how to get groceries, make it to my job on time, and live in a place that was very different from my own.
I have had to be brave over this past year as I said good-bye to a few friends that weren't adding to my life. That kind of bravery is a risk. I had to ask myself if it was worth it to say good-bye or to keep going in a pattern of self destruction.
For some bravery is getting out of bed in the mornings. For others it is taking a step into an unknown land. Bravery is the mother who gets up at 5:00 am in the morning to feed her 3 month old that slept most of the night. Bravery is sitting down and having a conversation with a person you run into on the train. Bravery is the single parent who is working 2 jobs to feed the kids a decent meal every night. Bravery is the single person that doesn't give up on love, kids, and a family to call their own. Bravery is the single person that doesn't give in to the standards that the world has set, and is willing to do it alone. Bravery is getting older, and still impacting the world around you. Bravery comes in so many shapes and forms. The most important part of bravery is to live it out, every single day.
Risk through bravery. It is the only way to live, don't you think?