If you’re going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you’re going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you’re going to question something, question authority. If you’re going to lose something, lose your inhibitions. If you’re going to gain something, gain respect and confidence. And if you’re going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams.
—  Daniel Golston

“There’s no such thing as failure, honestly. If you try, you are leagues ahead of every other person who wants to do it but is too afraid to. Maybe start thinking about what you’re afraid to do, but really want to, and say FUCK IT. And just do it.” -Anna Akana

Being brave softened the edges of her heart like

an ice cube that moves with the grace of a waterfall

through the crevasses between one’s fingers;

when vulnerability lays down its head in warm hands.

But it also tarnished her naivety, coarsened her palms,

spun webs in her lungs for her to pluck away the lies;

to catch the prey before it threatens to be a predator.

Some people like to use beautiful in a compliment

but beauty is not an honor just as brave is not a privilege.

She was not born with courage, but she fought hard

for it to pave her skin; imprint survival like a birthmark.

In every breath she was not ignorant of fear, but she

fought anyway; no matter how silent the war was,

no matter how loud her teeth and knees battled against her.

She chose brave even when it was not the easy way out.

People often ask what is the one thing you could not live without,

and it is simple for her:

just try and take away bravery from me; it wasn’t mine to begin with but

I’m playing for keeps now.

—  aribcagesymphonyBrave Is Not A Privilege
Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.

Bethany Hamilton (via OptimisticallyAstray)

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