My Rainbow Clouds

I create my own reality
And so I retreated into my dream world
And brought back my rainbow clouds

~Erica Courdae

I think what is considered as an act of bravery is a very different thing for everyone.

I think that being brave nowadays has taken on a much lower bar than it really should. I think that bravery used to be those that fight for the freedoms most of us take for granted. Or someone that is willing to risk life and limb for what they believe is right with no exception. Someone that is willing to stare into the face of wrong and be unwilling to run away from it regardless of the ramifications of order for them to make it right. This isn’t what bravery looks like on a normal day for many people.

I was reading a post online and the dialogue was interesting between everyone as to whether or not simply being you is an act of bravery or not. I think that there can be truth on both sides. While being who you are should be inherent and comfortable and natural and normal, that isn't always the case in the society that we live in today (and it’s been this way for quite some time to be honest). There is a lot of bigotry, racism, and even simply societal norms around what is and is not pleasing or acceptable that can make it challenging.

Side note - this does not include things like being smart or a questioning person because that’s a whole different layer of what’s ok and for who…I’ll speak on that later…

So while it should not be an act of bravery just simply existing as you are, for some people that's exactly what it is. I think that if bravery or courage is what you need to call it in order to do it then that's what you have to do.

Unfortunately being comfortable in your skin and as you were born can trigger serious feelings of discomfort. Like speaking up about your hair being natural as a black woman, speaking about being Jewish at a time when racist sentiments and threats come up way too often. Or being unapologetically curvy in a society that heralds the lack there of. I do believe that there is courage in living out loud and being comfortable in your skin without exception. Because I know that it is not an easy thing to do, let alone do at all times.

So while this shouldn't be brave, right now it is. I long for a time when bravery was resigned to war heroes and civil rights activist. Hell, how about for a time when civil rights activist don't have to exist because there's no reasons that they have to fight for things that should be inherent for everyone.

But that's a whole other post.

Yet there are some that give a middle finger to anyone unwilling to see them exactly as they are. And this is a beautiful thing. The kind of person that will wear what makes them feel comfortable without fear or concern of commentary or anybody else's opinions. People that will stand fully in their religion and or culture in a way that will not be silenced. The beauty of this is that you only see the outside. And while there could possibly be some inner turmoil going on the armor on the outside is awe inspiring. And can easily pass hope on to others that may be in need.

Long story short, there is bravery in being you. There is bravery in waking up and walking your path in your shoes EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Sometimes, it'll be inherent and natural and normal and easy. Some days, less easy. On the days that you need to feel brave, do you. On the days that you have strength to spare, pass it on. Whether or not you believe that existing solely as you are is truly an act of bravery or not, I just hope that you see the beauty in simply being you.

Share the rainbow clouds that you brought back.

~Erica


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