Becoming Brave

Foraging for cows parsley

‘It isn’t always comfortable or easy – carrying your fear around with you on your great and ambitious road trip, I mean – but it’s always worth it, because if you can’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting. And that would be a pity, because your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here…

DemijohnsStyling cows parsleyLandrover filled with flowers

…the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have the time anymore to thinks so small.’

Elisabeth Gilbert – Big Magic

I’m on the edge of an adventure at the moment. A big, brilliant, scary, adventure. [Note the emphasis – before reading this book – is on the scary].

The book in question however has graciously led me down a path of enlightenment that goes something like this:

Where there’s magic there is fear. If we want a life full of magic and all the good stuff (which I most definitely do) then becoming fearless isn’t a realistic aim. You see, innovation, creativity, adventure and invention are all the other side of choices which are inevitably accompanied by a big dose of scary and fear.

If fearlessness isn’t an option in a life filled with magic then, our challenge is to simply give fear the nod; to acknowledge it as part and parcel of adventure. To recognise its inevitable presence as we choose paths that are more scary than comfortable, knowing that they will probably be more brilliant because of it.

As I take steps towards adventure with fear speaking in my ear, I’ll listen to it- sure, but I’ll be mindful to let bravery be the louder voice.

So when it comes to aforementioned ‘big old brilliant scary adventure’ I’m going to shift the emphasis to the brilliant.

Here it goes.

(Thanks for the pics Hannah)


  1. Annie 26th July 2016

    This is exactly what I needed to read this morning X

  2. Megs 26th July 2016

    So needed. Thank you.

  3. Flora 26th July 2016

    What a good way of looking at it! And you’ve done a really lovely job of articulating this idea, too. :) x

    • Rachel 27th July 2016

      Thanks Flora. It’s freeing in a way- acknowledging fear as part and parcel of an adventure and not trying to avoid it. Keep well! X

  4. Os 27th July 2016

    The word ‘fearlessness’ (as a false objective) stood out for me in this piece about accepting and utilising our sense of fear as a positive omen indicative of worthwhile endeavour. I liked the way you elaborated Elisabeth Gilbert’s important exisitnetial point by reminding us that life is definately short, however potentially amazing and brilliant – that is if we accept fear as a reminder to be vigilant, careful and mindfully attentive to the detail of what is happening now.

  5. Celia 28th July 2016

    Your pictures are always magic to me. Excited for your next adventure xoxo.

  6. Cathy Daniel 2nd August 2016

    They say that when fear knocks, offer it a cup of tea and send it on its way. Never give it a three course meal and an overnight stay! Sometimes all you can do is is a cup of tea TO GO. But you are still managing it, rather than avoiding it. That’s key. Your posts are wonderful Rachel!

    • Rachel 12th August 2016

      Thanks so much Cathy. Those are great words and encouragement. Thank you!


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