I think sometimes
we glorify bravery.
Meaning – bravery requires a marquee sign.
It has to be something that shouts
Or requires a microphone or
A large audience.
bravery inaccessible and unachievable –
if this is all bravery is.
Bravery happens in the quiet, too.
In the morning when you wake up
and decide to get out of bed.
When you decide to work on your
song even though no one knows
you are a songwriter.
When you have the audacity to go to college
when no one else in your family has gone to college.
When you get up early to write words.
When you use your extra money to buy paints
because painting frees you like nothing else does.
When you are sober one more day.
I am afraid that we make bravery too big and bold and loud
when sometimes bravery is a whisper.
Signing on the dotted line,
talking to the stranger,
going to the doctor,
making the decision to stand up for yourself,
going to the gym,
buying the bikini,
Bravery is in the small things.
Even the bravery that requires marquees
and the bravery that requires a microphone –
those moments of brave are comprised of hundreds of
small moments of bravery.
Go ahead, take your small step.
Be brave today.
What is your small, brave step today?