Being brave, despite the popular opinion, doesn’t require much. A lot of the times, it only takes maybe ten seconds of courage. Fleeting moments in time that certainly would be wasted by filling them with doubt and indecision instead of action, I did it all the time. 2015 was a year of me repeatedly dipping my toe in and out of the water, slightly shuffling down the shoreline to see which spot was the most hopeful. I never entered the ocean, just stared at the water the entire time.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that say’s I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Racmacher
This year will be different, three days into the new year I cut off all my hair despite it being the middle of winter. My ears are cold all the time and I’ve taken to wearing hats indoors, but it was something I’ve wanted to do and had been too afraid. These were locks that had not seen more than a trim since sixth grade, what happened if I cut it and hated it? What if I just let it grow a little longer, that would make me happy, right? I finally realized I was never going to achieve that waist-long hair as I always had dreamed of, so I went for it.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -Dale Carnegie
My advice for the new year?
- Have a drink at that bar you’ve been meaning to try by yourself.
- Say yes when someone asks you to swing dance even if you’re painfully aware of your two left feet the entire time.
- Explore a new place, with or without others.
- Let yourself have a good cry from time to time.
- Go talk to that cute guy (or girl) you’ve been eyeing for a half hour. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.
- Ladies, let your leg hair grow “too” long, buy that bright red lipstick, and stop apologizing for everything.
“It’s a funny thing about decisions, you don’t seem to have to talk yourself into the right ones.” -Tom Selleck
I got a lot of crap for talking about this one in front of a friend, but I find it blunt yet poignant to the point I remember it every time I think of taking the easy road:
“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.” -Unknown
So be brave with your life and charge forth into the unknown as often as you can, no one else is going to do it for you.