Courage and Growing Up

Some days it is easier to be courageous than others and some days it is easier to be yourself than others. But, when we think about it, what other choice do we have? Today’s quote reminds us it takes both courage and growing up to become ourselves.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e e cummings

I find in this quote reassurance and a swift kick in the pants to get moving. Reassurance because sometimes it feels too hard to be courageous–especially if it means sticking out and not fitting in. Though, at this point in my life, I’m not sure who there is left to fit in with as it is pretty obvious I’ve forever lost my invitation to whatever the cool kids are doing–but the great thing is as I’ve gotten older, I don’t really care anymore about fitting in.

It’s also a swift kick in the pants because I should be more courageous and I should not be afraid of being who I am. Even if that’s a fantasy-writing, bookbinding, baking, reading, hiking person who sometimes doesn’t always know what to say at a networking event. The quote makes me want to be me more and there is no time like now to get on with becoming a better person, a unique person.

But, even as we become stronger in who we are and more accepting of who we are becoming, there will always be people, situations, and times when it is hard. But that is when we have to dig deep and be grown-up in how we interact, think, and do.

I hope that we all can continue to grow and become who we are meant to be (and hopefully includes increasing all our good qualities and ridding ourselves of as much of the bad as we can). And I hope, as we find our courage, that we help others find theirs, too. And maybe, just maybe, with a lot of people doing this (and acting like the grown-ups we want to be), we can make the world a better place, too.

I hope you have a lovely week and keep on being you. Create and share, love and grow. And, as Neil Gaiman would say, “Make Good Art.” 🙂