Can you face your demons publicly? Can you stand the risk of anger,sadness, disappointment. People wonder how I can be so open with my darkest secrets. Do I enjoy risking pain? Do I actually enjoy the pain that can result?
If I am brutally honest I do feel comfortable with pain. It has been a constant companion in my life and one I know how to accept and deal with.
The same thing that allows me to accept pain also gives me the strength to take risks.
I take risks with my heart hoping that it finds love. Still trying!
I took the risk to leave my mothers home at 17 after she chased me with a knife. I found my freedom!
I took the risk to report to the police , a minister who exposed himself to me as a little girl;I found my spirit.
I took the risk to do public speaking and found my voice.
I took risks admitting my faults and found friends!
I took risks in starting my own business and it failed. I learned humility.
I took a risk by talking an intruder calmly out of my house, I found courage.
The river doesn’t stop flowing because a rock is in its way. It flows over it, beside it or under it. In order for you to stop the river you have to create a dam to block it. Don’t let your sadness, or your fears become your dam.
You can always take the path of least resistance, that is always easy, but to truly live a full life open yourself to some calculated risks,be brave and know that everything happen for a reason. The goal is to keep moving forward facing each day as an opportunity to be brave.
I will always be brave, I will always take risks for a better life and love. That is what I will be remembered for. I never give up!
You can learn more about me and what makes me brave through my new autobiography “Behind Her Smile” available soon.