Do Something Brave

Kirstie Bakke

I did something brave this week, it was minor, but pretty bold in my world. I decided to change my hairstyle for the first time in probably six years. This minor act of courage in my book turned on my thinking cap; what does “brave” look like and what does it mean to others?

Google defines brave as being ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage. I’m sure after reading that definition a certain person or action pops into your head. My brother is the person who comes to my mind. He is currently serving as an Americorp VISTA volunteer in Mesa, Arizona. He is “brave” to me because he took the path less traveled and moved 1,200 miles away from home to focus on making a difference in his life and in other’s. He committed a whole year of his life to “being brave” in a completely foreign place to him.

Most times it takes an act of inspiration to encourage a person to be brave. Inspiration reaches into your soul and can bring out the best in people. Other times it simply comes naturally and just feels right.

Bravery will be shown by a large group of people starting college this fall. It is a brand new experience that will bring its own series of ups and downs. Bravery will be evident in some way, between moving away from home, meeting new friends and being put in uncomfortable situations. You will be forced to face and endure danger or pain at some point in your college career. That bravery may be accepting that college isn’t for you and that’s okay. You will never know unless you try and that right there is showing your bravery.

For those looking for that next inspired event in their life remember to be true to yourself. At some point you will look back on your life and ask if you did enough. In closing I have a quote by Oprah Winfrey that really leaves me thinking about what I can do to be brave and courageous for others and I hope it does the same for you.

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” –Oprah Winfrey