25 Things That Make Me Feel Brave

This is a companion list to "25 Things of Which I Am Afraid".

  1. I feel brave when I put on my shoe without thoroughly shaking it out to see if there's a critter in their who will eat my toes.
  2. I feel brave when I tell someone straight up that I will not be treated in a certain way.
  3. I feel brave when I stand up and don't let people tell what I am or am not.
  4. I feel brave when I confess to someone that I need their help.
  5. I feel brave when I face the deep winter with my seasonal depression and make it through with less battle wounds than the year before.
  6. I feel brave when I hold someone's hand so that we can feel the weight of their pain together.
  7. I feel brave when I tell someone how much they mean to me.
  8. I feel brave when I own up to doing something I'm not proud of rather than cover it up.
  9. I feel brave when I use the toaster and don't have to go through my ritual of unplugging it and using plastic tongs.
  10. I feel brave when I remain open to another's religious belief even though I am still dealing with the pain the religious beliefs of others created in my life as a child.
  11. I feel brave when I accomplish something now that an earlier version of me never thought I could.
  12. I feel brave when I think about 2007, which let the Palinode and I know that neither broken backs nor cancer, even when found together in the same marriage, cannot sink us.
  13. I feel brave when I love without reserve.
  14. I feel brave when I look back and realize that I haven't smoked for just over two years now.
  15. I feel brave when I stand my ground about not wanting children.
  16. I feel brave when I manage to pull back from the irrational fear that my cats will set out to consciously hurt me.
  17. I feel brave when I go to blogging conferences, because I am naturally shy.
  18. I feel brave when I stand up to say something in front of a group of people and don't whither in a dead faint.
  19. I feel brave when, on a particularly difficult evening, I don't drink.
  20. I feel brave when I actually enjoy hanging out with a baby, because, although I like babies, I am certainly not used to them.
  21. I feel brave when I write something powerful about my personal history.
  22. I feel brave when old friends find me on Facebook, and I let them in to see who I am now.
  23. I feel brave when I walk to work through -40° weather.
  24. I feel brave when I talk to people whom I greatly admire.
  25. I feel brave when I help someone else to be brave in the face of what they fear.