Thursday, April 13
Bold Vs Brave
by Margie Senechal
Usually when I answer the question, "What would you tell your younger self if you could?"
I've always answered, "Be brave."
As if I were fighting tigers and chickened out.
Okay, so I didn't go parasailing--and even the blind kid went--in Mazatlan because I was sure the parasail would break under my 135 pounds. I could've used bravery that time.
But, aside from that instance, I think what I've meant all these years was to, "Be bold."
While bold and brave are similar. They are inherently different. I looked it up just to make sure.
Bold is not to be hesitant and shy. Brave is more synonymous with courage.
So, what I wanted all these years was to be bold. To have faith in myself and be able to express it. Especially in high school as I was never bold in high school.
Take the time in Mrs. Hansen's Spanish class that she asked us what the capital of England was and nobody answered. I thought it was London, but didn't raise my hand because it was so obvious and in the US, obvious doesn't apply to capitals. She was so enraged by our ignorance that instead of learning Spanish, we spent the next two weeks studying and being tested on world capitals and cities. Had I only answered,I might have saved us that ordeal. Sorry, 1979 HBHS Spanish class.
Back to bold. I am, somewhat, now. But, not enough and sometimes not when it might be most important. Those insecurity shadows have a way of creeping in when one least expects them.
As writers, we know words matter. Choosing just the right word can change the entire context of a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a book. And sometimes a life.
Okay, it's time to head to work and be bold. Happy Thursday!