The Stepping Stones of Living a Bold & Brave Life

So, I realize that some people may think that it’s easy to live up to those two words, bold and brave, but is it really that simple? I know for me it’s not.

We live in a society that is saturated with social media posts about super fit bikini models and buff guys who have less than 7% body fat, ads selling the newest fat burning pill, million dollar homes with a view that really put people living outside of their means, tv shows where women throw drinks on one another in public, songs on the radio that speak so poorly of women yet not one blinks an eye. Let's not overlook the fact that there's a generation of girls that are too busy trying to be “Miss Independent” and act like they don't need a man, but at the same time they hardly wear any clothing to get a man and yet they still demand respect from that same man who doesn't respect women in general. My point is our society is SO saturated with the idea that we have to be someone we’re not which leads people to easily lose sight of who they are because they’re too busy keeping up with the Kardashians.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to have a million dollar home one day or that I didn’t want a Lambo with suicide doors, because those are really amazing things to have and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with having nice things as long as you work REALLY hard to get those items. I love when I hear someone made their dreams come true through hard work, BUT I’m disgusted when people think “hard work” means losing their dignity in the process.

My definition of living a bold and brave life is to obviously make your dreams come true, but it's really about living your life in such a way that you don’t have to give up your values and beliefs and that you are willing to stand out from the crowd instead of trying to fit in. It’s hard and I know it because I’ve been the girl who so desperately wanted to be popular in high school, but the moment that I decided to be who God wanted me to be I felt the weight of the world lift off of my shoulders and I felt so incredibly free. I think being different from others and standing out from the crowd takes so much more strength than to be a copycat.

I really believe that if you have or want to have the below characteristics then you are well on your way to living a bold and brave life. (Right now this is just a list of those characteristics, but later on I’ll dig a bit deeper into what each of these mean.)

  1. Confidence
  2. Grit
  3. Grace
  4. Courage
  5. Kind Heart
  6. Helping Hands
  7. Self-Respect
  8. Selflessness
  9. Faith
  10. Positive Mindset

I have a feeling that you already have every single one of these traits, but maybe they are just buried a little deeper into your being than what you would like them to be. I believe that most people are kind and I believe that most people want to make a difference in not only their own life but others lives as well.

I think the problem is that people are just too scared of what their friends or family will think of them so they bury these parts of their being deep down and build up a wall so others don’t see the most kind and generous parts of them because they are simply afraid.

I know because this was me before, and I’m honestly tired of living a lie and wasting my life by not living every day to the fullest. If this is you in any way, I ask that you pray for your heart to be healed with kindness and an outpouring of love to yourself and to others. The world will never be a better place if we just keep walking around not living out the Truth, so let’s make a difference together and TRULY begin living bold and brave lives.

Lifestyle, DiaryHayley McGee