I've been told I'm brave
A 25 year-old blonde woman traveling and moving to a foreign country alone.
But I didn't feel brave when I said yes
It felt like the right answer, the obvious choice.
Yes, I was nervous but I wasn't scared
Those reoccurring words,
made me realize this isn't something people often do.
There are many excuses people use to not "be brave"
Every excuse is just another cover an illusion to disguise the fact that they're scared.
But trust me when I say "you're going to be alright."
I've thought about going home at least once a day
I'm learning to recognize the difference between the voice of fear and the voice of reason.
Fear is always the loudest
Interrupting and talking over reason
I don't exude self-confidence when I walk through the streets of a foreign country
I'm awkward 90% of the time
That's the fear talking
telling me everyone is looking at me waiting for me to do something stupid
That everyone thinks I'm just another ignorant American
Best to keep my mouth shut
But the moment you find your brave
The moment BRAVERY is the loudest voice in your head and your heart
That's when the world opens up to you
It'll embrace you
As soon as you do.