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Taking Risks in Music-Making and Parkour
I found these Bravery Badges on a recent shopping trip. Aren’t they brilliant? We are often scared to take risks, bandaids cover up the hurt. What if taking a risk earned you a Bravery Badge rather than a bandaid? Taking risks pushes us to the edge of what we believe we can do, which often isn’t even as much as we are truly capable of.
I propose that we start handing out Bravery Badges instead of Band-aids when we do something we haven’t done before whether or not we are scraped or bruised.
Taking risks can feel unsettling, scary, even impossible. But do you really know how the outcome will go?
What if you give it your all, fully commit, and succeed? You will have expanded your confidence and agency. You will know more about yourself.
If instead, you fall short of the outcome you want, the experience helps you chart a path forward. The scrapes or bruises of missing the mark provide the context to guides growth. You know more about yourself.
The more I push myself, the more I can actually see myself doing. In Parkour sometimes I look at a challenge and can’t imagine myself doing it. The more I have pushed myself (safely) the more I can actually imagine doing. These moments still surprise me. My self-image hasn’t quite caught up to my skill yet!
So this week, push yourself to do something you aren’t quite sure you are ready for. See where your edges are so that you can expand them.
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