The evolution of the word- bravery has come a long way ever since it was first mentioned. Usually it is synonym to chivalry, gallantry, fearless, valiant and all that associated with heroism. But as the world is progressing and extending its horizon, this word too has broadened its essence. It is no longer just associated with physical strength. Being brave is about facing danger instead of running away from it. It is about conquering our greatest fear. And fighting against it, till the time it doesn’t fear us anymore and you achieve a certain degree of peace of mind. George R.R. Martin in famous book ‘A Game of Thrones’ has quoted- “Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
Fleeing is just a temporary measure; the first aid solution of dealing with our danger, staying and fighting is a hope to the permanent solution. It helps in healing the wounds of fear.
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ― C. JoyBell C.
The Fear in Today’s World
Bravery is all about walking out of your comfort zone and overcoming your fear. The fear could be as small as meeting new people, striking a conversation with strangers, addressing a small gathering or maybe trying out an adventure sport. As staying up in our cosy place will never lead us to anywhere, it just makes our life stagnant; nothing progressive.
Veronica Roth’s novel ‘Allegiant’, talks about what bravery is in today’s world.
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”
The Outcome of Fighting one’s Fear
The minute one starts fighting his fear, he becomes more productive, as he is now prepared for new and unexpected changes. Seth Godin has said- “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try”. It will further help him push his boundaries in the future, and will make it pretty easy for him to harness his creativity and his true self. By fighting his fear he becomes brave, brave enough to withstand the outcome of his fear.
To sum everything up Nelson Mandela has stated-
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who prevail through it and finally conquers that fear.”
Written By: Somdutta Das