When I was younger, I considered myself a wuss. However, I’ve had many brave moments as I look back over the years. Demonstrated bravery in my humble opinion was fighting in the military such as Vietnam or the recent D-Day remembrance in France or any obvious action by our military and armed forces. Our government paid fire fighters, police personnel and teachers. Okay, maybe I qualify at this point.
Sometimes, I look at the recent events of my family (my parents especially) and I see families who brave the daily struggle of life every single day. Children and teenagers brave the struggles of everyday as well from bullies, childhood illnesses, poverty and other factors.
At times, I forget that I’m brave. I’m brave when I walk out the door to greet my students (and sing or act bravely to an audience who are their peers and teachers), help my aging parents and disabled brothers, face the doctor, buy a house, car, ask for a loan, fly to LA, NYC or overseas as a performer/educator, face an acting scene, sing, play piano/guitar (or both), or project my voice into the microphone for another audition to get hired.
It’s a scary idea that words and a voice can get you a job. At times, I’m not so brave. Other times, I conquer the world. The older that I get, the harder bravery becomes. Day in and day out, we must brave the world and try to make positive choices.
As I audition at the microphone again today, I’m thankful for the brave positive choices that I made in my past. I will continue with God’s help to make positive brave choices for today and tomorrow. Sometimes, I’m not so brave. Today, I’m remembering that I am. Bravery is a daily choice as an entrepreneur.
Enjoy your day. A smile helps.