Courage. Courage can look like different things depending on who you ask. Courage can look like starting a new job, moving to a new state, starting a family, or speaking up for yourself. But courage can also look like getting out of bed every morning, putting on clothes and doing your makeup, or simply leaving the house.
Webster defines courage as “the ability to do something that frightens one.” Heck, to me that could be going on a date, speaking up for myself in relationships, or going to my weekly small group. Society has conditioned us to stay in our comfort zones and not do anything that makes us anxious or uncomfortable. But I believe that we learn the most about ourselves and show the most growth when we are putting ourselves out there, taking risks, and showing courage.
For me, most recently courage looked like leaving my job touring. I moved to Nashville in December 2014 to start a touring career. Over the last four years, my job on the road looked different. I transitioned from a merchandise manager to a VIP coordinator to a production assistant to a promoter rep. But the work wasn’t consistent, which meant neither was a paycheck. I was always on the hunt for random jobs to help supplement my job during slow seasons. This led to a myriad of odd jobs ranging from working at an upscale children’s boutique to front desk staff at a cycle/spin studio to helping open a coffee shop when I didn’t know how to make coffee to warehouse support staff for a local women’s boutique to working at a food truck to being a personal assistant for four different people. This spring I finally felt like I was ready to leave the road. I had met some amazing people and traveled to awesome places, but it was time to move on. Was this scary? Yes! Was I 100% sure I was making the right decision? No way! But I had courage and took a leap of faith. I now work in artist management and am absolutely loving it!
Like I mentioned before, your definition of courage may not look like mine. You are your own person living your own life and dealing with your own struggles. I think it’s safe to say that you are not the only one who has the struggles that you have, I just personally may not be able to identify with them. But you know what I can do? I can have empathy for you and your situation. I can encourage you to take courageous steps each and every day. Sometimes we just need cheerleaders in our corner, not people who will step in and try to fix everything for us.
What are other forms of courage? Starting a new business, saying no to an opportunity that isn’t in your best interest, saying yes to that first date, running a marathon, forgiving those that have hurt you. The list is really endless. I encourage you today to start taking action and stepping into the courageous person that God created you to be. Tell a few close friends of how you plan to be courageous so they can support and encourage you, while holding you accountable. Pray every morning that God would give you the strength to have courage throughout the day, no matter what obstacles come your way. Don’t let anyone else’s definition of courage scare you, intimidate you, or make you feel like you aren’t actually being courageous…all of those things are from the Devil and ain’t nobody got time for that! We can do this. YOU can do this!
Kelsey is one of those people who will tell you that Texas is the best state and Nashville is the best city. She loves traveling, exploring, local coffee shops, and reading. Thankfully she has a job that allows her to do all of these things. She is fluent in sarcasm, wants to be Jess from New Girl, and above all wants to build other women up instead of tearing them down. All of her social media handles are @riotkelsey and she blogs over at riotkelsey.wordpress.com