The Oxford definition of ‘heroism’ is ‘great courage” and sure, it took some great courage to walk into the Hermès store in Paris wearing this, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. I actually want to talk about courage and how I perceive courage. I believe courage is one of the main things that define who we are.
For some it might seem courageous of me to put myself out there on such a personal level on the blog, and I must admit, I sometimes do hesitate before pressing the publish button, but I almost always get back to my motto in life: “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”. You might argue that’s a question, but it’s not merely a question. It’s a way of life. Having been close to death numerous times the worst that could happen is actually to die. Things we usually are afraid of might be the fear of being embarrassed in front of someone, being rejected, not being good enough, not fitting in, or whatever it is that stops you from being yourself. So what? You’re still alive, so live your life and skip those fears of yours. I’ve skipped most (not all) of mine and am truly myself all the time. Note a pecuniar twist here though: I am truly myself all the time, but I choose when and to whom I show my true self. Because let’s face it. We all play different roles depending on what social situation we are in and being my true self in every single occasion and at all times might be devastating, so I’ve become a good chameleon, yet all the time aware of my self worth and who I am.
So to sum it up. Heroism is an act of courage and the most courageous thing you can do is to be yourself, at all times, however somewhat modified depending on the circumstances. So go out there and be yourselves all you beautiful ones!