Fear is real. There are threats in the world. We've gotten hurt, and the pain sometimes doesn't seem to let up. People have died. We've gotten our hearts broken. Our expectations failed us.
Maybe we just want to protect ourselves from future pain and disappointment. Maybe that's why we don't stand up, face confrontation with fierce grace, and take bigger risks to spread our wings and fly.
Not just to express ourselves but to give others the platform to fully express themselves as well.
They don't make it safe for us, so we don't make it safe for them.
What would happen if we did?
What truths would we find out?
How would it impact our physical body?
How would it impact our quality of life?
How would it be if we took the next step, unarmor ourselves, and spoke?
I believe we'd win the "war."
I believe that instead of having to choose between the lesser of two evils, we'd get the best of two goods. When was the last time that happened?
I believe we'd make some people uncomfortable and really angry.
But we'd find out who everyone is.
And we'd get to finally align ourselves with those that love us for who we are through and through.
Instead of fighting to stay accepted amongst friends and family, we'd be thriving together for strangers.
That ferocity exists on the side of fear and succumbing towards hate. This side creates walls and cages.
That fierceness can exist on the side of harnessing fear for love. This side breaks down walls and unlocks our cage.
Choosing the in-between is choosing fear.
As the band, Rush, in Freewill sings: if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
With Grit & Gratitude,