It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in and what you think from a perspective that respects differences from others in a compassionate and accepting way. It takes courage to live the beat of your own drummer. It takes courage to seek to find and nurture your authentic self.
People have described me as being courageous and brave for moving halfway around the world. Truth is, I don’t consider myself brave or courageous for doing this; I’m just a girl on a mission to pursue authentic happiness and live life on my own terms. I’m someone who’s tired of the mundane routine. I’m someone who’s searching for big, bold, gutsy adventures.
Defining moments always come at a cost. You risk losing yourself in the midst of the moment. Sabotaging friendships. Ruining any chance of a future with someone. This defining moment for me comes at a huge cost. I’m sacrificing friendships, relationships, and stability in a big city for a chance to reclaim my life. I’m letting go of things that provide momentary happiness in the hopes of finding authentic happiness. I’m giving up everything I know and venturing into a world of unknown.
Defining moments either make you or break you. You control the way it changes your life. You control your pursuit of happiness. You control whether you want mundane routine or big, bold, gutsy adventures.
Be courageous or be the same. Fall in line or stand out amongst the crowd. Take a chance or continue riding the safe-wave. Stop making excuses for yourself. Stop saying you don’t have time. Stop saying you can’t do something. You do have the time, you just have to make it. You can do something, you just don’t want to.
Maybe I am courageous for moving halfway around the world. Maybe I am brave for enduring the loss of my parents, depression, and suicide and still finding a way to survive. Maybe I am someone who wants to reclaim my life. But I’m just a woman searching for happiness and a life worth living.
Dare to be different and live your life courageously in pursuit of your own authenticity.