Along the way, there have been tests and many more to come. I’ve met and made allies and enemies. There have been ordeals and showdowns. Difficulties have been the norm. My worst fears have trickled in here and there. Sometimes it floods everything. When we survive this, we are heroes and should give ourselves more credit than we do. The reward is knowledge, experience, and insight that equates to wisdom in the long run. I put my struggles in a noble context. The trials and tribulations I have faced and survived may not seem heroic. But knowing that I grow as a result, that it can make me a better person, makes it easier to relax and sit in the moment wiser for the time. And without needing to explain it away, either. That’s what I call bravery.