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Basic Autobiography

Self Image

  • Measuring Up
  • "Bravery"
  • Wheeled Travels
  • Doughnut Eating!
  • A warped sense of humour!
  • Scribbling and computers
  • Independance
  • Thoughts on ..




    I find being called 'brave' (as in "I think you're brave to go shopping on your own") very irritating. I am not brave. I am merely doing what the majority of adults who live alone do. It may be that I have a longer route to traverse because of my physical limitations - but that is me!


    A 'brave' person, to me, is someone who, for example, goes out as part of a Mountain Rescue Team to find a mountaineer who has got into trouble in appalling weather conditions. That person is potentially risking their own existence to help to rescue someone else.


    I find the word 'brave' is more often than not used interchangeably with 'courage' and although the two words have very similar meanings, there is a difference.

    Brave means: (1) having or displaying courage; resolution or daring: (2) to dare or defy: (3) to confront with resolution or courage §
    Courage means: (1) the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger: (2) the confidence to act in accordance with one's beliefs §

    Using these definitions, I am prepared to admit that to some people, I seem to have 'courage', but as far as I'm concerned, I am just getting on with my ordinary life. I do not consider I am risking my existence when I go shopping!


    § Definitions taken from The Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus in One Volume, 1987