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Bravery: It’s not just about the zombies

NaBloPoMo November 2012 Prompt
Tuesday, November 13, 2012:

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

I always joke that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I’d be the useless one crying and cowering in the corner rather than fighting to save others and defend myself against the hordes of undead.

So really, I don’t tend to think of myself as a particularly brave person.

I go out of my way to avoid potentially dangerous situations. I stay away from sketchy areas of town, and I don’t go out for walks at night by myself. I secure all of the doors and windows in the house, make sure the oven and range are turned off when not in use, and make a second round at night to double-check that I remembered everything the first time.

And, though it doesn’t help one little bit, I worry. I worry about gun violence, I worry about muggings, I worry about house fires. (It may relieve you to know that I worry slightly less about zombies!) I worry, because I never want to find myself in a situation where I am forced to test my bravery (or lack thereof).

But perhaps I’m looking at bravery from a too narrow perspective.

It’s been suggested that the decision to make a permanent move across the country to a city we’d never even visited… that making the effort to push past my shyness and insecurities in order to develop brand new friendships… that challenging my own status quo and refashioning my life into something more satisfying involves a certain degree of bravery.

So maybe it’s not all about the zombies!

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Jenn November 13, 2012

    I tried this prompt of bravery–but I’m not so sure I’m all that brave. LOL. I would say that you did make a brave move– at least that is how I see it!

    Cheers, Jenn
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  • Kathy November 13, 2012

    I am a little perplexed about this topic. I think you did very well with it! 😀

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  • Lorinda J. Taylor November 13, 2012

    What you mentioned about checking the locks on doors, etc. — that’s just good common sense and has nothing to do with cowardice. To willfully leave your house unlocked wouldn’t be bravery – it would be foolhardiness and also display considerable stupidity!
    I think tearing up your roots and moving across country is plenty brave, especially when you’re not used to moving! And what about taking care of your husband? Any process of taking care of someone who is sick requires gobs of courage and commitment!
    This is completely off the subject but I just recalled you’re a hockey fan (Canucks, the bitter foe of my team, the Avalanche!) Isn’t this lockout the pits? At least we have three top college hockey teams in Colorado!

    • The Diva is Journaling November 13, 2012

      Love your post! It’s not all about the Zombies! LOL. I live in an apartment on the third floor with my 20-year old daughter, who usually get home later than i do. I’ll have you know that every night after she comes home, i double check the door to make sure she locked it. I’ve even open it up to make sure she didn’t leave her house key in the lock! You’re brave for making sure everything is safe. That’s what i like to think.

    • Laurel Regan
      November 14, 2012

      Good points – I’d never thought of caregiving in terms of bravery, but upon reflection I can see how it is, in a way.

      I miss hockey so much!
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