This year, instead of making resolutions, I have one word I will focus on.
Bravery is knowing when to pull the plug when something isn’t working for you. Even when that very thing seems to be working for everyone else.
Bravery is knowing when you are in the wrong place and changing it.
Bravery is speaking the truth. Out loud. Especially to yourself.
Bravery is showing up.
Bravery is putting it out there.
Bravery is doing it now instead of later, even if it isn’t perfect.
Bravery is taking the leap, even when you aren’t sure what will happen.
“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.
Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.
Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.
Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.
Frolick, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.
Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.
And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience—you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”
― Alysha Speer