Bravery is hard to define. It is so much for many people. Bravery is courage and valor. Brave is something I don’t consider myself. When I think about facing fears and being courageous, I can identify with that. I have done that, out of sheer necessity, many times over.

How I Am Brave:

I face my fears. I put myself out there and do what I can to improve myself. I push myself out of my comfort zone more than I want to. I have been the new person more times then I care to admit, but each time I learned something about myself. Doing something different is scary, but a little bit of bravery has gained me much better positions in life.

I look for a challenge in things that I do. Instead of fretting over failure, I make myself prepared. As an example, I hated running so much in the Army I wanted to quit. Running was something I was tested on 2x yearly. I didn’t quit though and I decided to really commit myself to getting better. I took up running as if it were my own thing. I trained really hard, sacrificed my time and energy and actually completed a marathon (proving that absolutely anyone could do it if they wanted to).

I stand up for what I think is right. The right thing isn’t always popular. I find that justice is something I am willing to fight for. So, when I see someone being treated unfairly, I jump in and voice my opinion. It hasn’t made me popular, but I  can sleep at night knowing I stood up for what I believe.

I think most people can say there were brave at least once. I wanted to leave you with some quotes I found that really defined bravery to me.

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”  ~Omar Bradley (American, US General,commanded US ground forces in Normandy invasion in World War II, 1893-1981)

“There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear.”  ~John Wainwright


“Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.”  ~Franklin P. Jones


“Forgiveness is the virtue of Brave.”  ~Indra Gandhi


“Bravery is not a quality of the body. It is of the soul.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi


“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the spirit of Veteran’s Day, I leave you with this. . .


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