Courage is contagious

I’ve heard a lot of stories of courage lately. I’m not sure if that’s because my loved ones are doing more courageous things, or because I’ve been paying closer attention to it. Probably a combination of both.

Really inspiring stories. Moving forward on a bold idea as a new manager. Accepting a job offer, promotion, or retirement(!). Choosing to go to college out of state when everyone in your hometown does the opposite. Planning a sailing trip across the Pacific with your partner. Packing up your things and making the trip from Boston to Florida to work for Hillary’s campaign. Being honest with someone about you how you feel. Running a marathon. Pursuing a dream of having a child. Moving to Paris, San Francisco, Texas, London. Turning the results of the election into action (aren’t we all working on that right now?!).

The stories of courage I’ve heard have all had some things in common. There’s a moment — or an undercurrent — of panic or regret. Maybe indecision. What was I thinking? Did I make the right choice? Can I turn back?

There’s someone, or something, that pushes us forward. A conversation with a friend. A mentor who says “yes, do it.” A quote. A book. A feeling deep inside. Something tells us to keep going.

It’s a choice. We can choose to be courageous. Or we can choose to roll with the status quo.

As a new mom, courage for me has meant choosing to trust that I am doing things right. Letting go. Not worrying. Turning the voice in my head to positive, instead of negative. Being OK with the way I’m parenting and trusting that W, and our family, will be fine.

My uncle recently wrote that we all have a choice about how we act and how we feel: When you act out of self-awareness, self-acceptance, love, and openness, you are ready to engage with the world as a full contributing human being. The same applies to being a parent.

The (best) thing I’ve noticed about courage? It’s contagious. When recounting a story of courage, people light up. Because we always change — or have a life-altering “aha” moment — when we take on a new challenge.

Hearing others’ stories spurs me to consider what my next courageous venture will be. For now, I’ll just continue to enjoy this motherhood journey.

Some recent highlights…

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W showing off his artistic talent at the pottery and painting studio. (He considered turning back… but he had no choice!)

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W loves bathtime. He has come a long way from his first couple of baths which he didn’t think were so fun.

Elyse came last weekend and we loved surrounding W with Midd ladies

Elyse came last weekend! What a blast. And W loved spending time with the Midd ladies.

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It took a lot of courage for me to leave two babies (two!) with a friend last week. But she handled it like a champ (of course) and I got to catch up with another coworker over coffee. And W enjoyed his playdate with E.

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I love grad school because I’ve met so many inspiring, smart people like these two ladies. (Note W’s pumpkin hat — Halloween lasts all year with that one.)

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A quote one of my dear friends posted on Instagram.

4 Comments, RSS

  1. Dave November 22, 2016 @ 5:09 pm

    💚💚💚💚💚 inspiring!

  2. Tutu's girl November 23, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

    “Love as powerful as your mother’s love for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply….will give us some protection forever.” J.K. Rowling

  3. Mariel November 29, 2016 @ 2:54 am

    Love you you beautiful woman both inside and out! Wil’s a lucky little man 🙂

  4. […] wrote about courage in November… about how I had been witnessing a lot of it among the people I love and admire. […]

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