I Am Brave

(Author’s note: Publishing time will vary in January depending upon how quickly I can wrap my brain around the topic and write a post).

How are you brave? That is today’s writing prompt for Bloganuary. Merriam-Webster’s site defines brave as  

having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty having or showing courage


There is a long, long list of difficulties I have overcome since birth but and that list maybe published at a later time. For now the focus will be on the last 14 years.

I am brave because I daily choose to keep moving forward with life and it’s difficulties instead of wallowing in grief.

Grief is excruciatingly painful and wimpy is an excellent word to describe me when it comes to pain. When a headache strikes, Pepsi, Advil, or Tylenol are my choice depending upon what is handy. The pain needs to vanish from my head now! There is no time or room to deal with pain in my life.

Experiencing grief’s pain is why Monday nights were spent attending a GriefShare group at my church. Every Monday night me and other grieving people leaned on each other for support. We discussed that night’s video and what was happening in our lives. The comradery over each 13-week session helped alleviate the grief’s pain.

While a lot has happened in the 14 years since Joe’s passing, it still takes being brave to rise up every morning determined to face whatever sludge life throws at me.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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