Because one of my main goals is to inspire you, each week I will be posting about a positive personal experience as part of an ongoing series I’ve named Inspiring Ideas. Now on to this week’s topic…
Sara Bareilles released her newest single, Brave, earlier this week. She is one of my absolute favorite artists of all time. A quick dose of honesty: Brave has been on repeat all.week.long. I’m obsessed because it represents so clearly exactly how I want to live my life.
The most ironic fact about this post is I rarely think of myself as being brave. It always catches me off guard when it comes to someone else’s mind because I simply go out and DO. I’ve learned that life is worth living and fears are worth facing. With the hope that something I’ve done might inspire you, here are some of the things I’ve experienced:
- I learned how to ski with my best friend on a whim four years ago. Even though I’ve gotten hurt, there are few things more freeing than flying down a mountain.
- I loathe flying. I don’t even like going to airports. But I go, and I get on planes because the destination is always worth it.
- I send e-mails to people I admire because getting a response is one of the greatest feelings ever. I also routinely attend events where I know I might not know a sole because learning that you’re no longer shy is worth it.
- My hair is really curly, and I used to be made fun of for it. When I was in high school, I decided to embrace it. I rarely straighten my hair, and I also routinely go out without makeup.
- I once met a college acquaintance for the first time in the middle of a train station because she invited me to go to the MTV Video Music Awards with her. I gained a friend that night, walked a red carpet, and danced as part of Taylor Swift’s performance. It was a night I will never, ever forget.
- I battled worry, fear, and anxiety, and I can count on one hand the number of people who knew I was struggling. But I was fiercely determined to win because panic cannot rule your life.
- I fight for what I believe in even if it means not doing what is popular. Being true to who you are is far more important.
- I will participate in a half marathon in December even if I can’t quite run 13.1 miles. The point is to finish even if I have to walk part of it.
- I’ve gone to New York City numerous times by myself and with friends to work and have fun. No matter how large, that city will make you feel like Carrie Bradshaw even if you don’t always know where you’re going.
- I pressed “publish” on this blog with the hope that someone might read it. There’s a community of you now, and that lights my heart on fire.
I’ve learned that…
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…and sometimes being completely uncomfortable makes you more comfortable being you. What have you done that’s brave? I want to know!