But being brave isn't all about the bold, life changing things people do (like leading countries and fighting tyranny) – though it’s very exciting to realize that we have the capacity to do those things inside of us all. But there are some very quiet, subtle things we do each and every day that take quite a bit of courage.
Standing up against prejudice
You march and hold picket signs, garnering others around you to take up the cause and fight for others.
Willing to ask ‘why?’
While everyone gets swept away with the tide, you are the sole challenger, the lonely voice to stand up and ask everyone to stop and think.
Raising two children alone
You are the mom, the dad, the mentor, the rule maker. You have one tough job raising two girls that will one day be women in this crazy, crazy world.
Quietly battling demons
The fight is tough some days, but you are persistent in the face of some angry, clinging beasts.
Taking the road less traveled
You could have taken the easy out. Instead you forged ahead and had to do some of your own trail blazing - tiring but rewarding work.
After all that you experienced and witnessed, you chose love; simple yet profound.
Taking a leap of faith
Who would know how it would turn out? Even in the face of all that could go wrong, you decided to act on your intuition and your commitment. All eyes were on you, and you succeeded!
Taking a time out
Not many of us could slow life down – what with its careening and frenetic pace. But you put on the brakes, took a deep breath, and discovered an entirely new way of being that deepened your appreciation of life and your love for yourself.
There are so many ways I am inspired by the women in my life. I know I only just scratched the surface with this short list, but I hope that you can see yourself in my words and quietly reflect and celebrate your own bravery.