Rollo May coined this quote originally about being not courageous:
The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity.
Before Jim Hightower later added a further apt sentence onto the end:
The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
I've been thinking about how easy it is to conform. There's little responsibility involved and it feels like a pretty safe choice. Yes, definitely safer not to put your neck out or your poppy up.
Or is it?
Perhaps, it's simply a question of choose your hard...
Choosing something not so courageous, as in:
- never listening to or knowing who you are, or what you truly want
- often compromising on your own values in favour of fitting in
- perpetually trying to cover over needless feelings of shame
- having yearnings that you never stretch yourself to fulfil.
Or, choosing something more courageous, like:
- uncertainty and risk, but also passion and excitement
- navigating your own path made by, and especially for, you
- letting your true vibe attract your true tribe
- living more intentionally & doing things you want.
Both may be scary, but for entirely different reasons and with differing results. What do you think? Which do you notice you tend to frequently choose?
For myself these days, I'm being drawn ever more increasingly into the idea of living much more ballsy & intentionally. As, if I'm not courageous enough to be truly me, then who the hell am I?
P.S. If you liked this, check out more on courage.