What does it mean to live boldly?
I’m not sure why, but my brain always first looks for a witty reply to these prompts that are actually asking questions that are challenging me to dig deeper. Using humor to defuse difficult, stressful situations is a habit of mine. Heck! That exact sentence is on my resumé.
The shallow responses that surfaced in my brain first, you ask? Something stupid about typing my answer in bold. Groan. And then there was some abstract idea about making a Star Trek reference, and going boldly somewhere. Double groan.
My desperate attempt at humor clearly touched a nerve, and my Knowing already knew the answer, even before my brain did. Breathe, Mindy. And lean into this.
To me, living boldly means living according to my truest self. To boldly stand up for what I know is right for me, regardless of what others may think. Breaking free from familial and/or societal expectations is really hard. Unlearning who I am not, and uncovering who I am, is really hard work.
Gandhi hit the nail on the head. I don’t believe anyone can truly be content in life if their thoughts, words, or actions are in conflict with one another.
For me, I want to live in a world that’s more compassionate. So, I do everything I can to add more to the world around me. It is with my best intention to wrap my thoughts in a blanket of empathy, filter my voice with kindness, and act with love.
That’s why I’m vegan. That’s why I assume positive intent. That’s why I believe that everyone is doing the best they possibly can.
That’s what I believe it means to live boldly.