One of the first things that came to mind was “Feel the fear and do it anyway” by Susan Jeffers. This is a quote my mum said out loud a lot in the 80’s. On reflection it is kind of great that whatever inspirational book she was reading, kind of seeped into our lives too, a bit like how what I’m doing now seeps into our family life, a kind of osmosis.
Anyway to me being brave is a personal thing, it’s about doing things that I’m scared of doing, or uncomfortable doing or haven’t done before. It is about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try” Seth Godin
Last year when I signed up for an online course called Inspiration Information, I found that so scary and exciting at the same time. It was the first online thing I had ever done, I was putting myself out into the world as someone who wanted to pursue my creativity ( with complete strangers!). Not an artist, or a talented creator, just a mum who was entering a new phase of life( these days I call myself a creative person,I’m happy with my level of ability). A stage where I wasn’t as needed physically by my children, who could see that more and more they were going to go off and create their own lives. It was time for me to start creating mine. This was really scary for me!
“If it scares you it might be a good thing to try” Seth Godin
The first time I participated in the group chats, and shared my little creations online it felt so unknown, a little bit scary and I felt quite vulnerable. But then, well I guess the rest is history as they say. I watched this talk by Brene Brown and cried my eyes out and even now I have got tears in my eyes. I had this HUGE revelation that fear has held me back from lots of things in my life. That around some things I hadn’t been very brave at all and that made me feel so sad. But then I seized that new knowledge about myself and about courage and there was no turning back! ( started a blog, instagram, more online classes, watercolour classes in real life, met up with people I’ve met online).
I am taking opportunities more often to practice being brave. For me there is a definite link between being creative and being brave. I am overcoming blank page syndrome one page at a time, pursuing my interests, speaking my mind more, creating more and sharing more. I am stepping into the unknown, the uncomfortable, the scary and I can feel myself getting stronger. I am enjoying my life more, excited about the future and supporting my girls to be brave with their choices too.
I am going to stop here for now and share a couple more quotes which I think are great. Thank you for reading this quite revealing post about me. Writing and posting this has made me another bit braver. Emily x
“Do one thing every day that scares you” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up” Brene Brown.