Different kinds of brave

You might be dismayed to learn the number of times that I’ve been told over the past year that I am “brave.”

My feat of daring? Letting my hair return to its natural colour.

On the weekend my husband was told many times that he was brave.

His courageous act? Performing a stand-up comedy routine for the first time.

If each of us were to create a “bravery spectrum,” we would place different actions in different places.

For those with a fear of public speaking, a stand-up comedy routine would be off-the-charts. For others, it might be more in the middle. Most people would agree that it takes guts to be vulnerable in front of an audience that way.

But my hair colour? Please. Let’s not even.

There are people who perform acts of bravery truly worthy of our admiration.

  • First responders who run toward danger. Firefighters, police, paramedics, and members of our military who put their lives on the line every day.
  • Volunteers who work in vulnerable countries around the world, healing the sick or wounded, building wells, providing food.
  • Refugees who leave behind everything they know and start over in a place where everything is foreign to them.
  • Staff and volunteers who work with the vulnerable people right in our own back yards, supporting the homeless, encouraging those affected by mental health issues of addictions.
  • Single parents who juggle work and family, doing their best to provide for their loved ones.

What do you think of as “brave”?

Stand-up routine at Absolute Comedy, Ottawa
It takes guts to do this.

4 thoughts on “Different kinds of brave

  1. marianbeaman

    What a significant post, Arlene! About the hair colour: I’ve said I will let my hair go “au natural” when I’m completely white. Don’t know . . . I like your hair color, so another choice is silver.

    You’ve asked, “What do you think as brave?” I’m going to answer with a “Who.” My blog friend Kathy has gone through hell and high water with an alcoholic husband (actually two), an alcoholic son who is in recovery, endless health problems, and still she has had a career as a nurse practitioner, published her second memoir, in spite of numerous health issues. She has never staged a pity party as far as I know. Here is part of her story: http://www.krpooler.com/2020/02/10/marketing-a-memoir-when-your-health-takes-a-nosedive/

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