Evening Thoughts About Bravery April 19, 2017 Is bravery one of those things that can only be viewed and interpreted by someone else’s lens? Sharing is SexyFacebookTwitterGooglePinterestMoreTumblrSkypePrintPocketRedditEmailTelegramLinkedInWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... April 19, 2017 9 Motorcycle Fuzzygalore Rider, adventurer, traveler, weirdo, lover of love, and all around curious person. Trying to squeeze the fun-juice out of each and every day. Related Posts Comments: 9 Dan DiegoApril 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm Yes, it is. We shouldn’t refer to ourselves as brave; that’s for others to decide. We can be fearless and curious …adventurous, even. But others will define us as brave…or not. Reply FuzzygaloreApril 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm Agree. I was thinking of the reverse – declaring ourselves as NOT brave, but the premise is the same. Reply SoulDaddyApril 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm What’s wrong with acknowledging our own attributes? Why would or should we be judged only by others? Should we not have enough self-awareness and objectivity to say, “Hey, I’m being a jerk” or “Gee, I feel pretty good about that'”? And whose judgments will we acknowledge and whose will we not, and why? Naw, make your own calls and of course be open to the input of others but not dependent on them. Now would somebody help me down from this soapbox, please? Reply husabobApril 19, 2017 at 9:39 pm Well said. While we might not always be objective when it comes to self assessment, we can certainly recognize in ourselves those times we stepped outside our comfort zones and pushed to do/try/say something. To me, that can be defined as courage. Bob Reply FuzzygaloreApril 20, 2017 at 4:33 am What’s wrong with acknowledging our own attributes? Why would or should we be judged only by others? Nothing. We aren’t. We self-judge all the time 🙂 Bravery feels different to me – like an exceptional act. It seemed odd or misplaced whenever someone has said to me that I was brave while doing something. To me – it’s absurd. I’m not brave at all. But to them… i guess i was. I suppose neither point of view is right or wrong, just relative. Reply Michael DohertyApril 20, 2017 at 6:28 am Bravery is defined by the generation your living in. In my Father’s day being a WWll vet made you brave. In today’s world the standards seem much lower. We can self asses ourselves to be brave for overcoming our own fears and acheaving our goals, but for the same reason not everyone deserves a trophy not every action should be defined as “bravery” just to make us feel better. Me, I just ride my motorcycle….It makes everything better 😉 Reply ShybikerApril 20, 2017 at 6:54 am We all struggle. We all have personal demons to wrestle with. Summoning courage to overcome our obstacles is bravery but is rarely visible or acknowledged. In fact, when others say we’re “brave” that comment is usually not about us, it refers to the speaker and says we’re doing something they can’t do. I empathize with all who struggle. For example, my heart used to break when I saw my mother during most of my childhood in teary sadness over her weight; she perceived herself as fat (even though she was within the range of normal size), went on endless diets and obsessed over her appearance. Once in a while, she’d dress up fancy for a party and go out into public. That, for her, was a true act of bravery and I respect it as such. Reply CurvyroadsApril 20, 2017 at 7:16 am Hmm, deep thoughts. I think that we set our own standards for what is brave, what is normal, what is exceptional, etc. Give yourself credit more often. What you do on a regular basis would be considered brave by many…it’s a shame you don’t think so. Sorry for the 2nd soapbox in one post! Reply DarApril 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm I think bravery is subjective, because what some would call brave others would call foolish. So I think in terms of bravery it is something we apply to ourselves and it may just come down to comfort level when doing things. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.