“When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, THAT’S brave!”
The quote is from Neil Gaiman’s story Coraline. Its one I love so much I even wrote it on front of the calendar I had made for Anna for Christmas.
Its the simplicity in the explanation of being brave. It doesn’t put limits on it. Sometimes when people explain bravery you’d feel like you had to fight a giant dragon to just be considered a little brave, it stops people realising that personally a dragon can come in many shapes and sizes.
I’m not one that really finds myself needing to be brave a whole lot. In day to day life I don’t face something I’m scared of, when the time comes I like to think I am as brave as the next person but it depends on the situation. For me being brave is a once in a while thing, most of the time I’m just Amanda.
Shamefully I’m going to use fellow author on the site, Anna, as a example. I apologise.
For her every day is one filled with her struggling to find courage and be brave. I don’t think we applaud people like her enough when they find the bravery to overcome something we find mundane and normal.
My dragons come in many shapes and sizes, mainly things that could hurt me or others around me. For her the biggest dragon she faces is stepping outside her front door. We don’t tell her that she’s brave for overcoming a fear and doing something we do every day because we ourselves don’t get applause for leaving the house.
I wrote it on the calendar for her because I want her to remember every single day that when she’s scared but she does something anyway she is just as brave as if she’d just defeated a whole pack of Dragons (I don’t know the plural grouping of dragons… Do they even have one?) I’m super proud of her for many things she does because the fear she feels in so many ways has and can stop her living anything like a normal life. She puts her artwork up online, people think its vanity or just appreciate it, I applaud her for being brave enough to fight her fear that it’ll be laughed at. She goes to the wrestling and sits in a crowd then shares her experience with us, people read it and think its silly that she doesn’t like being in a room full of people when she obviously has fun, I applaud her for not only being brave enough to tackle her very big fear of crowds, her fear of walking into strange buildings, her fear of being talked to but also her fear of being noticed and having her opinion discussed and dissected. She walks to work now every day she’s working (other then when she’s ill) most people will go “so what?” I applaud her because she has to walk through a busy street full of people when one of her biggest fears is being around other people….
I could go on, and I do apologise using you as a example!
It comes down to this. In the story bravery is given no limits. Its simple. If you’re scared yet you still do something you’re brave. The most motivational thing I’ve ever read!