15 April 2016

Be More Gryffindor

'Be more Gryffindor.'

It's become a kind of mantra for me.  Brave is not the first word I would think of to describe myself; nor is courageous, so I was pretty surprised to be sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore.  I'm a lot of other things associated with Gryffindors - definitely stubborn, passionate about things I believe in, fiercely loyal to the people I love most.  But I never thought of myself as brave.

The more I've thought about it though, the more I've realised that maybe I am brave at heart, because bravery and strength can take many forms, and it doesn't always have to be about fighting the forces of evil.  Bravery can be little things like going out to see your friends even though you don't really want people to see you, or turning up to work every day when it would be much easier to hide at home.  And brave can mean putting yourself first and having the courage to cut people and things that don't make you feel happy out of your life, even when you feel obligated to keep them around. In those ways, I think I'm earning my red and gold stripes every day.
Courage does not always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'

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