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Dear Gy, do you think of yourself as a brave person? Do you believe that your bravery will help you, as you grow older and more mature? Even before you answer this question, let me tell you this: you are braver than you know.

A lot of people speak of bravery as equal to courage. It isn’t so. Bravery is taking a step forward even when you don’t feel courageous. It’s making the move to speak up, on a public stage, when your insides are quaking.

Why do I call you brave? Let me remind you of an incident earlier this academic year. Do you recall when everyone at school had to choose a hobby club and you wanted to pick dance? We (your dad and I) said that it made sense to choose something else since dance was something you’d done the previous year. We suggested theatre as an option. You paled and refused, stamping your foot in defiance.

An hour later, despite your please, we gently insisted that you give this a go. You were mutinous and angry, but we didn’t bat an eyelid. Perhaps that was us being brave.

And then, eight months later, I recall you walking through the door, announcing that you’d be playing the lead role in the Wizard of Oz at school. I remember how your heart leapt in joy when you could recite all the lines without a quiver in your voice. I then watched you on stage, taking on the role of a narrator in a street play, confidently meeting the floodlights, declaiming your lines with confidence and yes, bravery.

Being brave doesn’t come easily and perhaps that’s why I love this quality a good deal. It means that you are overcoming the odds, stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something even though you may fail.

Be brave. Let yourself break free of the shackles of fear and take on challenges that seem impossible but exciting. Learn from the people who’ve done it before you and soon, you’ll be inspiring others to be as brave as yourself.

Lots of love,


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Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Aparna · April 4, 2018 at 8:30 am

A lovely note, Shailaja. I thought the bravery vs courage explanation was great. It’s so true that we as parents have to demonstrate and not just advise, one of the scariest parts of bringing up kids I guess.

Look forward to more of your notes!

Ramya Abhinand · April 4, 2018 at 9:04 am

True the key is to reason it out. I had a similar situation with my daughter trying out skating, She would just not want to try it out, due to her fears of getting hurt. A year now, and she skates with ease. The reasoning out in calm words helped her in atleast giving it a try, and once she gained confidence she actually began enjoying the activity.

    Shailaja · April 5, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    So thrilling when that happens πŸ™‚ Hugs to her and you too!

Obsessivemom · April 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Being brave is important to be able to move forward in life. The best bit is once one has mastered the art it stays on no matter how old one grows. And life will never be boring. You’re a wonderful example of having the courage to step out of your comfort zone. I see you trying new things all the time. Gy has a great role model.

    Shailaja · April 5, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I confess a lot of my courage came through life experiences and the need to be brave more so after Gy was born. Don’t regret any of it πŸ™‚

Kala Ravi · April 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm

As a parent, I know how important it is to boost a child’s morale in these competitive times. We need to encourage the child to be brave enough to take up challenges and also be brave enough to handle failure.

    Shailaja · April 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I so agree. Failure and handling it is an integral part of growing up, Kala πŸ™‚

Nabanita Dhar · April 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

So true, Shailaja. Bravery is taking a step forward even when you don’t feel courageous. And it is such an important quality, doesn’t come easy but is so precious. Loving your notes!

Mandy Yanga · July 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm

I love this. Exploring new things is necessary for the growth, may it be personally, emotionally, or spiritually. One may struggle a bit in exploring new things and getting out of your comfort zone, but in the end, it’s for him/her character. Anyways, thank you so much for your inspiring insights, Shailaja. Cheers to you!

    Shailaja · July 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I totally agree. It’s widened my horizons like nothing else. Thank you so much for reading Mandy πŸ™‚

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