I haven’t written in a while as I went through some personal issues in my life and of course the COVID-19 pandemic is still present.
I want to get back to writing as I need to let my feelings out to… well.. who else….all of you that read my blog 😉
I recently joined Toastmasters and I had to write an Inspirational Speech so this post is from there. I still took the time to write this speech so wanted to post it on my blog as well.
I hope to continue writing about whatever is happening in my life so enjoy the speech!
“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.”
– Brene Brown
Why is it meaningful for me?
I have heard of the name Brene Brown before in my social services field but I did not bother to think of anything different. I would see names of researchers, authors, and professors I read in textbooks so I did not put any further emphasis on this specific person. However, I kept seeing her name pop up in other areas such as Ted Talks, which by the way got 20 million reviews and counting, podcasts, and many books and famous quotes that she has written. Now, she even has her own Netflix show.
Now, I am not her PR manager but I do want to spread her positive messages and research she has done on hard topics such as addressing our shame, vulnerability, and courage. She is a social worker; researcher; author and professor who makes us think about these difficult topics such as shame, vulnerability, and courage and normalizes them by inviting us to talk and to share with others about our experiences.
Brene says putting our shame and vulnerability into the spotlight, talking, and sharing with others give us strength and courage and I believe in them. I might not have adopted them in my everyday practice, yet, because it will take me a while to not care about what others think and to not follow the standards that others have put upon me but I acknowledge this will be something I will work on for some time.
I have been fortunate to be living in my privileged state filled with comfort and solace but I also recognize this has acted as a barrier of some sort. I forgot what it was like making any efforts to do hard tasks because I would be giving up before I experienced any discomfort and this has led me to complacency and to not challenge myself to try out new tasks.
When I read this quote, it puts fire into myself reigniting my quest to find my passion and to find what I enjoy doing, and when I do find it, to actually do it. This quote prepares me to fight in the arena, to get my ass kicked and to be thrown around left and right but in the end, I will be standing with the dust in the wind, and that I will still be okay.
With the remaining flame flickering in the wind I invite you to see what you have been missing by avoiding what makes you feel ashamed and vulnerable and by facing these challenges, they will turn into a strength. I believe what makes you hide in your corner will help you get back into the arena and to be ready to take the next jab at your next challenge.
Thank you for reading and until then!