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Writer's Block: Let me at em'

What is the bravest thing you've ever done? Would you do it again?


I'm really not quite sure how to answer this.

It seems that most of the things I've done that others have called "brave" are things I've felt I had no choice but to do, or things that really were not that big a deal to me, while the things that *I* felt took the most courage other people take for granted or embrace eagerly: choosing to get pregnant, for example.

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druidharper
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
'Brave' is subjective. Usually it is bestowed by a third party watching safely as someone else does everything in their power to preserve life/sanity/status/position etc.

Courage...comes with simpler things; the person who can apologize for transgressing..publicly, and mean it entirely as well as accepting, without qualification, responsibility for what they have done. The person who can admit to being wrong publicly. The person who can be honestly gracious to someone who has hurt them or attacked them in some way.

Those things take courage.

The difference between the 'hero' and the 'coward' is that the former does what needs doing despite the situation while the latter for some reason cannot or will not. Note that the two can change places at any given time. A 'hero' who has faced numerous challenges with poise and assurance can in another situation suddenly be unable to face it. The coward who has run and hidden from everything an suddenly turn and stand to.

Gives us the terms 'fall' and 'turning of the worm'.

FWIW
qos
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Good food for thought.

Thank you. . .
druidharper
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Welcome. Although as you have no doubt noticed, I think a lot differently than other folks. :)
rainstardragon
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Getting pregnant, keeping the child, and then raising it or them take a LOT of bravery. I certainly don't take that for granted. With so many things that could go wrong, it always confuses me how anyone could take that for granted.
9thmoon
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Right there with you.
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