40 Things That Are Brave To Do

This list goes well with a couple of other fear and bravery lists I've written before. Check out 25 Things of Which I Am Afraid and 25 Things That Make Me Feel Brave.

Aidan at lunch at Fresh & Sweet

the Palinode over lunch

  1. Stand alone in front of people and sing, act, be funny, or deliver a talk

  2. Have a dissenting opinion and voice it

  3. Share your smallest, everyday fears

  4. Ask for help

  5. Go to the dentist

  6. Quit a comfortable job

  7. Have faith in something

  8. Tell someone you love them

  9. Stand up for someone else

  10. Defend the rights of someone you dislike

  11. Face a review of your work

  12. Risk your own life to save another

  13. Be ordinary

  14. Stop talking and listen

  15. Eat unfamiliar food

  16. Tell people what you are good at

  17. Forgive someone...

  18. ...and, even more difficult, forgive yourself

  19. Admit when you are wrong

  20. Walk away from something that hurts you

  21. Parent a child

  22. Feel afraid but take the next step anyway

  23. Move to a new city

  24. Confront the person who has hurt you the most

  25. Ask for what you want

  26. Give up something you love

  27. Volunteer to help people in hard situations such as palliative care or homeless shelters

  28. Get married

  29. Go out by yourself in public

  30. Audition

  31. Learn to live through, and sometimes beyond, grief

  32. Come out of the closet

  33. Spend time on a nudist colony

  34. Accept criticism without shooting the messenger

  35. Set out your boundaries and be firm about them

  36. Let go of anger and resentment

  37. Admit that you don't know how to do something

  38. Cry

  39. Be satisfied with what you have

  40. Live mindfully

I need to acknowledge that this list has about a hundred co-authors, because after I'd worked on it for a while, I asked the fine people of Twitter what they had to add, and they had a lot to say.

And you? What do you think are brave things to do?