Brittany Burgunder


?Bravery and courage are underrated and misrepresented in my opinion. My first instinct when I think of these two words is to imagine a fearless, tough, and successful individual wearing a cape. The hero in the movies and in the media is the brave one, the celebrated one, and the one who has life all figured out. Having this belief hurt me at times. There were many things in my life that were unhealthy. But rather than walking away and risk being seen as weak, I gripped on to them tighter to try and prove my strength. 

I thought that if I did not see a commitment all the way through, or admit that I might be wrong, then this would be equivalent to failure or foolishness. Why would I quit something if I were already so invested in it … so experienced with it … or even one of the best at it? Why would I walk away from something that had become intertwined with my identity? Even if it weren’t good for me —even if it made me miserable … I learned the hard way what holding onto heaviness does to one’s life —it suffocates you from the inside out. 

Maybe you are the CEO of a thriving company, but the role makes you anxious; or perhaps a decorated athlete in a sport that you dread. You could be in a seemingly perfect relationship that has lost its passion, or feel a temporary high from an addiction or disorder that leaves you in lasting ruins. I say —WALK AWAY! I know it’s easier said than done and it requires tremendous honesty on your part. But the short-term discomfort from difficult choices will reward you in the long-term. 

There is a type of bravery and courage that cannot always be seen. It’s a bravery that you have to choose for yourself. You use it in the little, seemingly insignificant choices and decisions you make each day. You keep making these tiny, good choices over and over until you realize your whole life is different and the hero who saved you is yourself.  


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