Personally, I’m not that brave, I’m really more of a filter-less complainer. If I have something wrong with me EVERYONE gets to hear about it.
I do know a few brave people though and they really are wonderful. In fact there is only one thing they are bad at and that is asking for help when they need it.
Some people choose careers where they need bravery every day. Those people amaze me and I’m so thankful they exist, because I am NOT that guy.
Even so, people in careers where bravery is compulsory, still sometimes end up witnessing something that they can’t un-see or un-hear and therefore struggle with. Being in office-work myself this is less likely to happen to me, unless gross crimes of personal hygiene count.
What I’m trying to say is, sometimes bravery is a reaction to bad stuff that happens to you, stuff you can’t control. I have friends who are in pain every day, sometimes physical, sometimes mental, sometimes both and their bravery amazes me.
The only thing that amazes me more is how they beat themselves up for not being brave enough sometimes, or being the “wrong kind of brave”. For the record there is no wrong kind, there is only dealing with what has happened in the best way you can, by any definition that is bravery.
If you ever have to be brave about something, please know that being brave doesn’t look like Bruce Willis in Die Hard (although that is a great look). Real-life bravery can sometimes involve a wider range of emotion (no offence to Bruce).
I know that brave people often don’t expect, or ask for, help but that doesn’t mean they don’t sometimes NEED help. Where possible don’t be brave on your own. Let people who care about you know that you are struggling – they won’t always be able to do anything about the problem but at least they’ll be by your side.