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Hiking in Switzerland

People tell me I’m very brave for writing what I write in my blog. “I know,” I reply, biting my lip. “Maybe too brave.”

I thought about this blog for a long time before I started it. When I finally decided I was ready for it, I went ahead. I haven’t regretted it … yet. But I’m still frightened.

Once, on holiday in Switzerland, we started off with the children on a three-day hike. Rain was beating down and we knew that we were coming to a path on the edge of a cliff. Two people passed us, going the other way. “You’re brave,” they said to us, admiringly. That’s when we decided to turn back.

I’m not going to turn back. What I’m doing is not life-threatening, as far as I know, and so far nothing bad has happened because of it. Anyway, I’ve been too cautious for too long. It’s time to break out of this protecting, restricting, inhibiting fortress.

So, it’s all right to tell me I’m brave. I’ll take it as a compliment and not as justification for turning back.

Are you brave?

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By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

3 replies on “Being Brave”

People have told me that too, and I’m not sure how to respond. I don’t set out to be brave or otherwise. I want to be a writer–and no one gets to be a “real” writer by writing what is easy, acceptable to everyone, and safe. Sometimes I post things on my blog that make me cringe. Then I second guess myself and think I’m being overly dramatic–maybe what I write matters only to me and is important in only my head. What is so brave about that?

But it is brave to put yourself out into world. All you have to worry about is the writing.

“No one gets to be a ‘real’ writer by writing what is easy, acceptable to everyone, and safe.” Very true. Also, no one gets to be a “real” person by doing what is easy, acceptable to everyone, and safe. I should know.

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