There are many things that can make us feel brave. For some people, it might be facing their fears head-on. Others might find strength in standing up for what they believe in, even if it means going against the grain.
But what does it really mean to be brave? And why do we need bravery in our lives?
Let’s start by looking at the definition of bravery. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, bravery is “the quality or state of having courage.” So to be brave means to have courage.
But what is courage? Merriam-Webster defines it as “the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.” So bravery is about doing something even when we know it might be difficult or dangerous.
Why do we need courage? Well, without it, we might never try new things or step outside our comfort zones. We might miss out on great opportunities because we’re too afraid to take the risk. Courage gives us the strength to overcome our fears and pursue our dreams.
There are many ways to be brave in life. Maybe you’re not the type to bungee jump off a bridge or skydive out of a plane. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be brave in your own way.
Maybe you’re brave enough to stand up for yourself when someone tries to put you down. Maybe you’re brave enough to ask for help when you’re struggling. Maybe you’re brave enough to be honest about your feelings, even when it’s scary.
To be brave means that you have the courage to face difficult situations. For example, if heights make you anxious, you’ll need to put yourself in a position where you confront your fear. There’s a famous quote that says “She who is brave is free.” What this means is that if you never try something that scares you, then you’ll never be truly free.
So being brave is liberating in a way. Being brave doesn’t mean that you are never going to be scared again. It just means that even though you are scared, you do it anyway.
For example, I am scared of dogs. But instead of avoiding them, I have decided to face my fear by getting to know them better. I started by researching about different dog breeds and learning about their temperament and behavior. I also started volunteering at the local animal shelter so that I can interact with more dogs in a safe and controlled environment. Slowly but surely, I am starting to overcome my fear of dogs and becoming more comfortable around them.
As a kid, I was always terrified of numerous things. As a youngster, I thought that if I overcame my fear, it would be beneficial to me. Dogs were the first thing on my mind when I grew up. It’s because they appeared frightening when I was younger that they are now my greatest concern.
In my imagination, it appeared like I was really afraid while actually being in danger; then, when I opened my eyes and saw the dog on my lap rather than being scared out of my wits, everything became clear to me.
That’s when I discovered that being brave means not necessarily being fearless, but rather recognizing that sometimes the things we’re afraid of aren’t actually as dangerous as we think they are.
For me, bravery isn’t the absence of fear, it’s the willingness to face my fears head on. It’s recognizing that even though something might be scary, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to hurt me. And even if it does hurt me, I’ll be okay.
Bravery is also about being there for someone else even when you’re scared. When my little sister was diagnosed with cancer, I was terrified. I didn’t know how to deal with the news or what it would mean for her and our family.
My second worry is public speaking. Because a large number of people have an opinion, I was a little apprehensive. There’s a point in class where you must perform something with a group that asks you to talk. To determine if I could do it, I had to practice with individuals in my neighborhood.
Once I saw that I could do it with them, I was able to do it in school. When you are anxious about something, it is important to identify what your triggers are. Once you know what your triggers are, you can begin to work on managing your anxiety. For me, one of my triggers is dogs. I am really scared of dogs, and even the thought of being near one makes me extremely anxious.
In order to manage my anxiety around dogs, I have made a point to learn as much as possible about them. I have read books and articles about dogs, watched videos of people interacting with dogs, and even visited a dog park to see them up close in a safe environment. By doing this, I have slowly started to become more comfortable around dogs and am no longer as anxious when I see them.
Another way to manage anxiety is through exposure therapy. This involves gradually exposing yourself to the thing that you are anxious about, in a safe and controlled environment. For example, if you are afraid of heights, you might start by standing on a stool, then progressing to a small hill, and eventually working your way up to standing on the top of a building. By slowly and methodically facing your fears, you can begin to overcome them.
Of course, there will always be things that we are afraid of. But it is important to remember that being brave does not mean that we are never afraid. Being brave means that even though we are afraid, we face our fears head on. So the next time you are feeling anxious or afraid, remember that you are brave, and you can overcome anything.
What does it mean to be brave?
It means having the courage to face your fears, even when they seem insurmountable. It means being willing to stand up for what you believe in, even when everyone else is against you. It means being strong enough to admit when you’re wrong, and brave enough to apologize. Being brave doesn’t mean that you’re never scared – it just means that you don’t let your fear stop you from doing what’s right.
So the next time you’re feeling anxious or afraid, remember that you are brave. You can overcome anything.