A Sophisticate is Brave

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fall in order to practice being brave” Mary Tyler Moore

When I grew up after being read fairytales by my Dad, I wondered about what it meant to be brave. In fairytales, bravery meant to have a sword in one hand and a shield in the other to fight the evil dragon. Obviously, in reality there are no evil dragons breathing fire or seeking to destroy whatever is in its path. So, what does it mean to be brave? When I lost my cat ‘Miss Chloe’, I immediately began to panic and when luck wasn’t on my side, sadness crept in, and finally, I became afraid of what was happening to her. 

"Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference."  Anonymous

The year I lost her it was the first winter where there was an enormous amount of snow on the ground. At one of the places where I tracked her down, a little boy told me he had heard her crying so loud he could hear her through his window upstairs of his house. He sounded and looked terrified as he told me the story. Something happened that had never happened to me before, I felt scared and upset. My desire to find her became more of a rescue mission. I was scared for my ‘Miss Chloe’ because I had no idea what was happening to her. All I knew was that I wanted to save her from whatever she was experiencing because it certainly wasn’t good.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow” Mary Anne Radmacher

The fear I had about my surroundings meant nothing and there were times when I had given up hope that I would every see or have her back in my life again. There were moments when I truly believed I would never see her again. The very next day, someone would call me to let me know that they saw her nearby allowing me to decide to go out one more day and try one more time. Regret is the worst feeling in the world, and I already had regret about her getting lost in the first place. ‘Miss Chloe’ was worth getting back. Part of what kept me going was that I didn’t want to regret not having tried my hardest when she could have been found at any moment. In the end, I got her back. I have appreciated and love her every day, ever since.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” Thomas A. Edison

A Sophisticate does not have regrets in her life. She doesn’t regret anything that she does because she knows that situations happen for a reason. More importantly, she tries her hardest and doesn’t give up especially on anything or anyone that mean a lot in her life. She is optimistic about the future. A Sophisticate is brave because she is optimistic and has hope.

She has hope in the goodness of what life has to offer. She also has hope that she will succeed. In the end, a Sophisticate is brave because she believes in tomorrow and that tomorrow will be a better day. ;D