I have just finished Brené Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness” and my life has taken a shift. As I wrote in my past blog post on another one of her books “The Gifts of Imperfection,” her research, personal narrative, and humor has allowed me to reflect on my own life and experiences and this time she shows me that it not only is okay to be me. I need to be me.
Brown says in order to truly belong, we need to Brave the Wilderness. We do that by:
“Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness– an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. IT is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand (Brown 36).
Throughout the book, Brown discusses four elements to practice daily in order for us to be in the wilderness. Her writing is Captivating: captivating my thoughts, my heart, and now my actions. She shows us who and what we are and what we can be.
I hope you will find her words just as captivating in your life.