9 Things I Hope My Sons are Brave Enough to Do

On Halloween night, after a particularly frightening walk up our neighbor’s spookified porch, my 5-year-old son proclaimed, “Mommy, I can’t wait to be bigger because when you’re bigger you’re brave.”

Brave. Huh.

I can think of a lot of things adulthood has given me – cynicism, perspective, wisdom, experience…but just as I suspected, no bravery. And boy, could we all use a shot of bravery…

Once upon a time I made a wish list of all the qualities I was hoping to find in a husband (don’t laugh), today I have a mental wish list of character traits for my sons.

Of all the things I wish for my boys in this life, bravery and kindness top the list. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Take a look at the 9 things I sincerely hope my sons will be brave enough to do – after the jump.

  • Go their own way 1 of 9
    Go their own way
    "Always follow your own path." ~Queen Latifah

    We were each given a path to follow in this life, may my sons be brave enough to honor their personal callings - wherever they lead them.
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  • Try 2 of 9
    "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." ~Thomas A. Edison

    We were designed to try and fail and learn and try again. The bravest among us fail smarter each time.
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  • Ask for help 3 of 9
    Ask for help
    "Refusing to ask for help when you need it is refusing someone the chance to be helpful." ~Ric Ocasek

    Recognizing our need for help takes maturity and often, bravery. Our limitations make us human.
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  • Tell the truth 4 of 9
    Tell the truth
    "Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either." ~Albert Einstein

    May my sons choose to tell, seek, and face the truth. It's no coincidence that when it's most difficult choose truth, it's also most important.
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  • Fall in love 5 of 9
    Fall in love
    "Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous, there's really nothing to lose." ~Jewel Kilcher

    It takes tremendous courage to give your heart to another. May my sons grow to understand that love is worth the risk.
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  • Trust their gut 6 of 9
    Trust their gut
    "Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live."
    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Because we all know more than we give ourselves credit for.
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  • Have faith 7 of 9
    Have faith
    "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I wish for each of my sons to possess faith in humanity, faith in the universe, and faith in themselves.
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  • Surrender 8 of 9
    "At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice." ~Maya Angelou

    The smartest among us recognize when to say when. To hell with foolish pride; humility builds character.
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  • Stand up 9 of 9
    Stand up
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~Winston Churchill

    May my sons bravely stand up in the face of injustice and intolerance.
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What do you hope your kids are brave enough to do?

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