In the weeks following the election, the concept of “safe spaces” became apparent to me. As a Mexican-American woman, my sense of safety definitely shifted. What made this more “real” was the fact that I wasn’t alone. Friends and family in real life and online were afraid and personally confronted with aggression. Microagressions were no longer “micro.”
As I talked with a fellow female creator about feeling safer at home, she brought up the topic of brave spaces.
Surpisingly, I could easily identify a place where I feel brave: my car. If you follow me on Snapchat you have seen my morning wake up calls. I play an energetic or inspiring song with my Snapchat friends in the morning, and many of these songs make me feel brave.
Now I’m not talking about bravery like being a badass on the road. (My husband may say otherwise).
Music is my self-care.
Music can make or break my mood. And I’m a fan of hip-hop, new and old. My tastes may not always be appropriate but there is something about music that gives me a sense of bravado. This form of music therapy is what helped ease my social anxiety these last few weeks.
This is why Beyonce’s artistry wakes up the masses. Think about the creative artists you follow that make you feel brave.
Without artistic bravery, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and many other musical legends wouldn’t have blessed us with inspiring songs. Rapper and actor, Common, is one example of brave artistry. Common and John Legend won a Grammy last year for their song, “Glory”, which was featured on the Selma soundtrack. If you’ve been living under a rock, the true story of the March On Selma highlighted American bravery.
If you have survived abuse, trauma or violence, bravery may be a notion that is far fetched. In your heroic journey, did you realize you had bravery? Click To Tweet Many clients I have worked with were surprised to point out their strengths. They didn’t even know they were there. It was easy to point out defeat, self-sabotage or losses. Sometimes I start my client sessions by asking, “Tell me what went right this week.”
As I reflect, heal, cry again and continue healing from post-election shock I will be building my armor.
I will redefine what it means to be brave.
I will applaud myself and others for challenges we have overcome and add this word to my ammo. Because even though every day is a test in bravery, there will always be glory.