Ordinary Acts Of Bravery
Hamza Iqbal Chughtai
There is this line in the movie divergent:
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
The reason why this line is so special is that it means that we don’t always have to be a ‘Hero’ to make a difference in this world. Every day the media inundates us with various stories of bold individuals who stand up against injustice or risked their lives for someone or performed other heroic actions. Acts of bravery by war heroes are immortalized on our TV screens. Don’t get me wrong, the world needs those people. But in all this, those simple acts of bravery that are important for our growth, are lost in translation somewhere. In reality, the world also needs people that are capable of ordinary acts of bravery.
You might ask, “What are the ordinary acts of everyday bravery that can change your life?”
Standing up for other people. This doesn’t mean you have to go full-on knight in shining armor. It means that you recognize that they are individual worth respect and treat them as such, even when others don’t.
There is also bravery in saying “no” to things that make you uncomfortable. At a fundamental level, you know what is right and what is wrong. Call it a gut instinct. Sometimes, all it takes is one person saying no to a bad idea to prevent an entire situation from worsening. That gut instinct and your conscience could save your life, or someone else’s life.
Love with your heart wide open. Opening yourself up to others is truly brave because you can never be sure of the outcome, but you can sure as hell count on it being an important experience.
The dictionary definition of courage is “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.” I would argue that it isn’t necessary to NOT have fear when facing these situations. We demonstrate more courage when we are fearful and then proceed despite our fear. That shows the most courage of all!
In my opinion, bravery means a determined effort to rise above your fears. Seemingly simple things as overcoming your fear of public speaking or driving a bike or taking a boat ride despite your fear of water. These seemingly ordinary acts of bravery take us from being ordinary to extraordinary.
These actions might not scream “bravery” or “heroism,” but they can make an incredible difference on a day-to-day level. Every day, you are given a chance to do something remarkable and extraordinary. As written by author Veronica Roth, “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery.” Do you?