I don't know if I am brave in the way a solider is brave. Or in the way a cancer patient is brave.
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die discover that I had not lived.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
I don't know. I haven't faced those enemies. If I had to guess, I'd probably say that in a life or death situation, I'd freak out and talk everyone around me to death.
But I'm working on my everyday bravery. I'm doing hard things. I'm stretching myself more than ever before. I'm doing things that scare me. I'm taking risks.
I was speaking with a woman the other day. She showed me photos of her family's trip to Asia. I told her I'd love to go. I'd love to take our family on a adventure but the thought of getting on an airplane with two babies scares me to death.
She looked me in the eye and said, "Don't think about it. Just do it."
If people knew exactly what they were getting themselves into when they start a new venture, nobody would do anything. My husband never would have gone to law school. We would have never had children. We would never have bought a house or got a dog or started our own businesses or taken our children to Disneyland. Not if we knew ahead of time what was in store for us.
I'm still not getting on an airplane for twenty hours with my babies, but I'm going to leap more. Push more. Seek out opportunity. I want to suck the marrow out of this life.
Here's some food for thought: What is it you want? What's holding you back? Fear?
Come on. Jump with me.