Friday, November 22, 2013

Insane Courage

Courage has been on my mind lately. Why? No idea. But, like most everything else that plagues me, if I don't get it out...write it down...talk about it...it eats at me until I do.  
 
"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage.
Just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery.
And I promise you, something great will come of it."
 
When faced with some trial in life, we build it up in our minds. We make it larger than it is and give it more power than it deserves. We create a worst case scenario and dwell on it, until it consumes us. We imagine the amount of courage that this trial will require to overcome...when in reality, it takes very little courage. All we need is a short burst of insane courage to say what we need to say, or jump in, or stand up.
 
It takes insane courage to say "I love you" or "I'm sorry". Just say it. Gather all your courage up into a tight ball and hurl it at the other person. It's up to them at that point, if they throw it back.
 
It takes insane courage to stand up to someone that you are intimidated by. Or to stand up for something that you feel strongly about. Insane courage, my friends. But, once you start it...you can finish it. Do not be mean. Do not be condescending. Be truthful. Stand your ground.
 
Living your true life. Being unapologetically you. Super hard, right? Not everyone will agree with choices you make in your life. From who you love, to where you go to school, to which house you buy, to how you cut your hair...everyone has an opinion. This can take insane courage, almost daily, but in big giant bursts. Once you announce that this is who you are and these are your choices, to someone, you no longer have to carry the weight of being something you are not. The other person now has to choose how to handle the information.

Scary things in life are rarely as big as we make them, in our heads. The less power  you give scary things, the more power and courage you have for facing hard things. You can do hard things. 

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