Be Brave.

This is the second blog about what the meaning behind the Half Moon Kids means for me and how I hope it can impact the young people of today.
What does it mean to be brave? A dictionary tells me it means possessing courage, which enables people to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear. I like that, though I’m not so sure I agree 100%. I think there is a component of fear. I don’t suppose being brave is about acting without fear, but in spite of it.

This means different things to different people. The Half Moon Kids are about inspiring people to be the best version of themselves. To find that version admidst everything thrown at them in this tumultuous world. This is a daunting task, especially for many of today’s youth. I’ve found that they often live in fear. Fear of themselves. Fear of failure. Of not meeting expectations. Of falling instead of being lifted up. Of what others think of. Of being hurt.

The list goes on. I could write for hours and there would still be more fears. Always. This world is frightening. Terrible, but beautiful. That is why we must be brave. That is why we must teach others to be brave. Be Brave. See the beautiful hiding behind the darkness.

Be Brave. Take a chance. Put yourself out there. People say you can do anything. You can be whatever you want to be. Do whatever you want to do. Sure, but it isn’t easy. There’s a lot of fear to conquer. I’ve just got a taste of bravery and still, I’m terrified. My appetite whetted for more. I see kids so afraid to fail these days. So afraid to fall short of expectations that they lose any drive to try at all. So self-defeating and empty. It makes me cringe that these people are hurting so, that they are so afraid and beaten by the way things are and the way their peers treat them, that they become empty husks, subsisting day to day with no drive. No purpose. No will. They just are. And they’re so…alone.

It’s so hard to be brave on your own. Daunting. I have incredible respect for anybody who can do it on their own. I believe community is paramount. Crucial. Be Brave together. Lift one another up. Find a friend who can share your passion or whom you can inspire one another, spurring yourselves on to the heights of bravery and success. Be brave, because you cannot succeed without failure. Rejection, setbacks, shortcomings – they are pitfalls of any and all arts. If there were a single art or trade that one could not fail at, it would soon become flooded with people to succeed at it. But where would the beauty be in that. The beauty is in the struggle. For there can be no bravery without fear. Be brave, and get back up. Keep writing. Keep drawing. Keep creating. Keep learning. Keep honing your skills. Trying again, in the face of failure, of rejection, and learning from those mistakes, is what it means to be brave. Keep your head up, keep an eye on the prize, and you’ll reach your goal one day.

So encourage others to be brave, and be brave yourself. If…when you see someone down, hurting, and afraid to go on, to reach for those dreams. Lift them up. Help them to be brave. It just might help you find bravery in yourself.

I encourage you to check out the Half Moon Kids. This growing community is reaching out to young people to encourage them to follow their dreams, to come alongside one another and lift each other up. To share their art, hopes, their hurts, their fears, and their experiences with one another.

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