Being-Brave: How to be Brave

You

Are

BRAVE

If you are like me, you may have ignored the essential YOU for most of your life

 

You may have put everything and everyone ahead of YOU

 

Not because you were self-less but because it was easier

 

Easier to look outside than in

 

Because you were afraid…

 

…that there was nothing inside you

 

…that you would never know joy, happiness, freedom

 

Afraid they were not yours to have

 

If you are like I was, you may not know how to find your path

 

You may not know where it starts, let alone where it leads

 

You may feel like you are broken

 

That the path of inner wisdom, meditation, transcendence, the spirit is not available to you

 

That you do not work that way

 

That you are trapped in your day to day life, your job, your roles

 

We have so many

 

If you are like I was, you may feel like you do not belong, truly belong, in any of them

 

The roles you stepped into because of what you learned, what you saw, what you thought you had to do

 

You stepped onto a path that had been worn, carved, and beaten by those before you

 

By ancestors

 

By mothers

 

Grandmothers

 

And great-grandmothers

 

If you are like I was, you may feel uncomfortable in your own skin

 

You may feel

 

Invisible

 

You may have rejected your true self

Because she did not fit into the roles defined by others

 

You may not want to look at her

Because she does not fit any molds

She does not belong on any of those paths

 

If you are like I was, you may have stifled your genuine you-ness in order to fit in, to not make waves, to hunker down and make it through without being seen

 

Wallflower

 

If you are like I was, you may not know what your true self wants to say

 

You may feel choked up

 

Strangled

 

Trapped

 

And when you cannot bear it anymore

 

When the pain of being separated from your true self is greater than the fear of the unknown

 

You will begin looking for your path

 

Like the caterpillar destined to transform

 

You will dive into a cocoon of your own making

 

Into the darkness

 

to unmake the self you have created

 

To break yourself down to the bare bones

 

To the truth of who you are

 

And it will be the most terrifying thing you have ever done

 

Because there is no path before you

 

Because there is no one who has done this before

 

Because there is no knowing the outcome

 

And even so, you say YES.

 

You surrender to this unknown path.

 

You say ENOUGH

 

You say I WANT MORE

 

You say SHOW ME WHO I TRULY AM!

 

And when you do, although you feel alone, there are forces that gather around you, helping you

 

And when you make your choice

 

When you speak your desire with the deep emotion you surely feel

 

There is an answer

 

And the path opens up

 

The first step reveals the second

 

And slowly you move into the darkness and the unknown you fear

 

And bravely you go into the darkest places

 

The ones you avoided

 

The ones you shut away

 

The ones you tried to forget about

 

The ones you DID forget about

 

And bit by bit

 

Piece by piece

 

Brave step by brave step

 

You recover who you truly are

 

Knitting together so many lost elements

 

Healing all the broken bits

 

Retrieving the gems and the treasures long forgotten

 

Freeing the demons

 

Because you are brave

 

You are the hero of your life

 

And heroes are not fearless

 

A true hero is merely the one who stands up to her fear and says YES

I am afraid

I do not know the path

I do not know the outcome

But

YES

I will take this first step

And then I will take the next step

And the next step

Knowing that I know nothing

Knowing that there is no map

Knowing that there will be things harder than I can imagine

Knowing this is a mission without an end

Because the path of ME is the only one worth walking

Yes

I am afraid

And I am doing it anyway.

About me

I am Larissa Davis, Creatively Fit Coach, and Soul Path Artist. When an unexpected change prompted me to seek the deeper meaning in my life, I began the journey to find my passion and purpose. It began with a pledge not to make any major decisions or changes until I was listening to the voice within. After several months, I had a dream that told me to use painting to heal myself and envision my future. I began sketching that day and immediately experienced the power of creativity to still my mind. Further exploration led me to the discovery of intentional creativity, and certification as a Creatively Fit Coach. Now, I passionately share this process I call Soul Path Art with other souls ready to discover their deepest inner wisdom, quiet the inner critic, release old stories, break through barriers, and live their dreams.

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