Day 14: January 14, 2014

Thankfulness for Bravery

Being brave is NOT easy. Never has been. I guess part of the definition of being brave includes the unspoken sentiment that it is something tough to do. Courage is required.

I can think of lots of things that require courage and bravery.

-Tackling personal fears, like jumping into the deep end of the pool when you’re little or getting up in front of people to speak.

-Being vulnerable about something that you’re afraid will be the cause of rejection but going for it anyway, like admitting a major mistake or personal shortcoming.

-Coming out of the closet. (No description necessary.)

-Starting a new job and not feeling confident, but sticking with it until you finally feel comfortable.

The thing I am thankful for today is being brave enough to think differently than my parents on something and voicing it to them. Even at the age of 39.

Has anyone else experienced this?

I’m not going to go into the details of it, because it is really personal and it’s not a slam on my parents. They are friggin’ awesome.

But isn’t it funny that for many people, even in our 30’s and 40’s, we still have a fear (healthy or not) of what our parents think? This isn’t wrong. It just is what it is.

So the things that I worked through with them by being honest and BRAVE in sharing with them has actually made us closer and less stressed to be together or chat. It’s like a big elephant has been acknowledged and it’s no longer in the room blocking our realistic view of each other. No more cowering. No more pretending.

I kind of feel like I’m more of an adult now. And maybe even a little more respected by them. I certainly feel like I respect myself more.

That’s the benefit of being brave. We don’t have to try to pretend we are something we are not. But we can still honor those who aren’t so much like us. I love my parents. And they love me even though I am different than what I once was.

All due to bravery.

Love, The EmiLion Who Finally Found Her Courage

P.S. In unrelated news, I am seriously craving Sauerkraut right now. I am therefore thankful for sour cabbage today, too. The end.


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