The word “brave” has certain connotations: being a hero, doing something courageous and out of the norm. When we think of those who are brave, we think of fire fighters, soldiers, those who have conquered human fears and swum with the sharks.
We never think of ourselves as brave.
And yet, in many ways, we can be. We are brave when we step out of our comfort zone. We are brave every time we speak up for ourselves against the status quo. We are brave every time we begin a new job, move to a different country, get married, have a child. We are brave every time we experience a change in our lives and make the decision to follow the path that we wish to. We are brave every time we voice our morality, our beliefs, our desire to follow a certain path.
It is for this reason that the title Brave is apt for Merida’s story – a Disney princess that strikes a chord within me. She does not slay a dragon, or lead thousands into battle. Instead, she speaks out against an arranged marriage. She wishes to be the one who decides what her future married life would be.
As my children watch the DVD, I am hoping that they come to realise that the bravery it takes to stand up for what you want is well worth it. And that to be brave, you do not need to slay dragons.
What does the word “brave” bring to your mind?
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Brave)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013