Brave 2014

I’ve finally picked my one word for 2014.

Brave.

I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy word.  For me, this is going to be really tough.  But this is a year where everything could change.

Brave means facing the challenges of life head on.

Brave means having courage.

Brave means not letting fear hold you back from stepping out into the unknown.

Brave means daring to do what needs doing, what scares you, what changes your life.  What changes the world.

“Being brave is when you have to do something because you know it is right, but at the same time, you are afraid to do it, because it might hurt or whatever. But you do it anyway.”– Meg Cabot, All American Girl

I want to remember this year that I have God by my side, that I’m not alone, and I have nothing to fear.  I want this year to be a year where I stop saying I can’t do things and actually try.  Where I am brave enough to follow where He leads me.  Where I am brave enough to stand up for the things I believe in.  Where I am brave enough to say enough.  Where I am brave enough to trust and seek and listen.

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life” – Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Brave can be an adjective, a noun, or a verb.  You can be brave in so many ways, and I want to live that out this year.  This is a year that I want to challenge myself to be better, to do better.  This is a year where I want to see change, make change, be change, and be changed.  I’m in the generation expected to be world-changers, and I want to be that, to change the world in my small corner of it, however that is.

Thesaurus.com handed up these words synonymous with brave, and I love what they imply:

adventurous, audacious, bold, chivalrous, confident, courageous, daring, dauntless, defiant, enduring, expectant, fearless, feeling, fortitudinous, gutsy, intrepid, lionhearted, pioneering, resolute, spirited, spunky, strong, stalwart, valiant, weathering.

It’s five letters.  Just one short word, but full of meaning, challenge and strength.

Who knows where I’ll be a year from now.  I’m challenging myelf this year to be brave.

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”– Nora Ephron

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