This struck me and pushed my button. I have never considered myself brave.
Not when I climbed The Nose on El Capitan or did the first ascent on a wall on Yellowwood. I did not feel brave when I was far above my gear and further from safety. I did not feel brave when I cycled for 6 days from George to Franschoek.
I certainly did not feel brave when deciding I would not rescue a drowning swimmer last year. I called NSRI instead of getting into the water.
So am I still brave?
What I do is look at a huge mountain and work out what the weaknesses are. That is where I start.
Am I brave when I train to get strong for months before hand?
Am I brave when I get the right gear and work out how to use it?
Am I brave when I plot my path step by step?
I don’t think so.
So is a soldier who goes in “against all odds” brave?
Is the hero fire fighter who enters a burning house to save some budgies brave?
Or is bravery not a cloak you put on somebody else. A cloak of impossibility. A hero cloak of sorts.
Maybe I am brave in thinking it is possible in the first place. Of looking fear in the face and saying “Hello, pleasure to meet you”