Being Brave

Braveheart

There’s a quote I saw the other day and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. “Brave men may not live forever, but cautious men do not live at all.” The quote is commonly attributed to Timothy Luce who said it after graduating college in the 90’s but actually it was originated from an unknown author in the 1980’s. Another common use for this quote was in the movie “The Princess Diaries” when Amelia’s father wrote her a note stating “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.”

Another similar quote goes “Success is for the BRAVE! TRUIMPH awaits to those, that are brave enough to undergo through the trials and tribulations!” – Philip T.M.

The quotes, I believe, have significant meaning because they tell us if you go through life being cautious, you’ll never really live life and if you’re brave enough to live life and put yourself out there even in times of trials and tribulations, despite any fears you may have, you will find that in the end you will find success and it will be more satisfying than if you had sat on the sidelines waiting for the storm to pass.

The past 7 years has been nothing but struggle, trials, tribulations, and full of fear of what will come next and they aren’t over and won’t be for quite some time. But I and my wife have pushed forward, we have been brave in the face of that fear, we have done everything except be cautious and wait for the storm to pass. We have made decisions in the hope that they were the right ones to help us move forward in life, sometimes they were the right ones, sometimes they were the wrong ones. We continue to learn from our mistakes, we continue to struggle each day but most importantly we continue to be brave. We may not live forever but we know we will have at least lived and not erred on the side of caution, alive but dead on the inside.

I leave you with this quote “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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