I’m sure you have all heard the song Brave by Sara Bareilles with one of my favorite lines, “I wanna see you be brave.” I always love listening to music that makes me think about my life and how things are going and what I would like to change. (I know, I’m very deep…) And this is one of those songs. What does it mean to be brave? Am I brave? Am I teaching my children to be brave? When I think back about when I was in high school I was so shy. I was definitely not brave. I went with the crowd and tried not to stick out. ¬†I think being brave means to always be yourself and stand up for what you believe in. That can be really hard in high school when fitting in is so crucial. And I think the crazy part is that everyone wants to be brave and say and act how they truly feel but they just need someone to go first. It is hard to be the leader. Being a leader is being BRAVE! ¬†Standing up first and saying what you believe in. It’s amazing how many people are willing and ready to follow a brave leader.

I have also found that once you become a parent, being brave is no longer an option it is a must. I have gone through so many different trials as a mother that have made me more brave then I ever thought possible. And as I think about where I am in life now, there are so many things I still want to accomplish. But it’s scary. Sometimes it’s so much easier to sit still. But being brave and taking those risks and adventures in life is what brings so much knowledge, joy, and happiness. No matter what it is that you want to accomplish in life. You have to be brave to do it! I want to teach my three young children this concept. It is okay to be scared. But that is when you put your brave on and do it!!! Because the more brave you have to use the greater the reward is! This is especially true in this amazing video that the nurses from the children’s hospital in Minnesota made. These children are what BRAVE is!! Get your tissues and let this video motivate you to be brave too!