“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” – Margaret Wheatley
Powerful, right? I had a friend share this quote with me today, and it continues to resonate with me. But, what is bravery? Is it courage? Is it truth? Is it something we can acquire over time, or does it take a big moment or lasting change to truly come to fruition? Who is brave? Do we all have it in us, or does it take a moment, a spark, a row of goosebumps to guide us into an experience of pure boldness? There is something about the famous 1989 Tiananmen Square protests video that always screams, “BRAVE,” to me when I see it, however I know bravery does not have to be as big as this moment. Bravery can be personal. Bravery can be intimate, and private.
I believe bravery to be the goosebumps I get from this video. Chills. Gut. “The moment.” Belief.
Bravery, for me, is dreaming. More importantly, bravery is actually allowing myself to dream. Allowing myself to get chills when I see the brave soul standing in front of the army tank. Allowing myself to question, “Would I do the same thing?” Believing. Dreaming. Doing. Hell, being. Brave.
I had a friend once share this photo with me, charging passersby to, “Break in Case of Fabulous.” Of course, I love this concept, but I also have to wonder if any of us actually have the courage to break the box (and/or our own, “boxes of glitter,” whatever they may figuratively be for each of us). More the courage, do we allow ourselves the time to break this/these box(s)? This is bravery. Making yourself and your time valuable and important. It’s certainly worth a shot. Be fabulous. Hell, be so fucking fabulous it scares you. And then, let it scare others.Why not? Just like the Sara Bareilles song, “I wonder what would happen if you say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.” What if we all lived a life where we allowed the choreography in our heads to guide us into some pure and inspiring brave moments? What if we actually said what we wanted to say… thus, letting the words just, fall out.
Take the challenge, “Dance like no one is watching.” Do. Be. Believe. Be brave.