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Don’t Be Fearless, Be Brave

I’m reading Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. For those who haven’t read Krakauer, he is such a good storyteller. He has a way of drawing you in and keeping you there. Even when I do manage to put it down, it sticks with me, haunting my mind in the best way.

Into The Wild is a true account of a young man’s tragic journey. Hitchhiking across the country to Alaska where he wandered into the wild…. alone.

It’s made me think about the difference between being fearless and being brave.

Being brave REQUIRES fear. Without fear, bravery would be lost.

Don’t be fearless. Fear is good. It lets us know when we’re close to something awesome. It also lets us know when we’re close to something dangerous. Fear is good.

Describing yourself as FEARLESSĀ means you have no fear.

Describing yourself as BRAVE means that you know fear… you just don’t care. You know what you have to do and you do it. You face down the void. You go into the wild.

Don’t be fearless. Be Brave.
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