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There is a quote from Anais Nin that states simply, ‘Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage’. I have always found this a comforting thought, as being courageous is something that I wish for myself, and admire in others. I am sometimes accused of being dangerously romantic, and failing to see the hardship, pain, or risk in ways of life, or ways of thinking, that to me, just seem brave. I was the kind of child that wanted to run away and join the circus. I am now a grown woman that wants to run away and join the circus. Or failing that, perhaps a commune. Sometimes I know I can be a bit reckless in pursuit of my own ideas of what courage means – but when it pays off, and I see my world open up because I threw myself at something that everyone around me warned me to steer clear of, then my faith in my own instincts, and in Nin’s philosophy, is restored. This might sound like vague, hippy bullshit to you guys. The truth is I have to be vague for the sake of the individuals involved in my life, who have not elected to forsake their privacy for the good of the blogosphere. It is, simply, not my right to give details. But this viewpoint is something that I very often give out to people (poor, unfortunate people) who come to me for advice. It is something I would like to live by, because in the moments when I have, I have never regretted it. Being brave is not the kind of thing you regret.

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34 Comments:

At 16 November 2013 at 20:51 , Blogger Olia said...

Anais Nin is an inspiration to me too, a brave literary genius

 
At 16 November 2013 at 20:59 , Blogger Kayla Lynn said...

anais nin is also an inspiration to me as well. her and Henry millers story is something I hold scared. one in which I will be sure to pass along to my daughters. and you're right; bravery will never be regretted.

 
At 16 November 2013 at 21:17 , Blogger Just said...

It feels odd when you read someone else's words, and yet they describe you, or a part of you. I can find myself within those lines.
On another note: Sadly it's the first time I hear of this author. She sounds promising, I think you just helped me choose my near future lecture, which I thank you for.

Love,Just.

 
At 16 November 2013 at 21:37 , Blogger Nancy Wilde said...

I will dwell on anything ever written or said by Anaïs Nin ahah :) Being brave is what makes us feel alive. We should think what would we do if we died tomorrow or something and live by those standarts...

 
At 16 November 2013 at 23:27 , Blogger Maija said...

Being dangerously romantic is something I definitely relate to, and anyway, it has to be better than being safely complacent, right? Now let's find a circus as fats as we can! xxx

 
At 16 November 2013 at 23:34 , Blogger AVY said...

I don't believe in courage, only luck. I wish it were that easy though, that as long as you want something and dare go after it you'll get it eventually.

/Avy

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At 16 November 2013 at 23:42 , Blogger snow said...

I've learned to rely on my instincts for nearly everything. They seem to be the greatest tool. :)
I used to walk very cautiously down hills while the other kids ran down. I'm trying to be more courageous in my own ways now.

 
At 16 November 2013 at 23:50 , Blogger Katie said...

Love your writing as usual.
The whole thing about love rewarding the brave is also true, I think. Confidence is so linked to courage though, so I find it all so difficult.
I like your new, simple blog design as well :) xx

 
At 17 November 2013 at 09:35 , Blogger Irene ~Melodies In The Sand~ said...

Courage is something I lack. I admire and look up to people who have it. ♡

 
At 17 November 2013 at 10:30 , Blogger Emma Jane said...

"I am sometimes accused of being dangerously romantic, and failing to see the hardship, pain, or risk in ways of life, or ways of thinking, that to me, just seem brave."

This is me, too. Dreamers are often cursed (or blessed. I prefer blessed) with feeling this way. I see bravery in so many acts, even if they are harmful or dangerous to ones spirit. Throwing everything at every part of life is something I see beautiful but many regard as dangerous.

Em
Tightrope to the Sun

 
At 18 November 2013 at 00:05 , Blogger Jenna Opsahl said...

Ugh i love this. I have a tattoo that says "courage is the thing" (a JM Barrie quote) and I think you and I think about courage in much the same way. We are romantics and risk-takers!

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At 18 November 2013 at 11:35 , Blogger Jelisaveta Đukanović said...

You have a really nice blog here! I like your posts! :)

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At 18 November 2013 at 19:47 , Blogger MySpecialAgent said...

I need some of your courage. Although, the few times I have been brave, I did not regret it.

 
At 18 November 2013 at 20:25 , Blogger Sanzibell said...

great gif ♥

Liebst Sarah

 
At 18 November 2013 at 20:59 , Blogger London Loafers said...

A little while back, a friend of mine of considering getting a quote tattooed on her ribcage and, although it's been a few years now, I still remember ‘Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage’ being one that she had 'shortlisted' :) It was great stumbling upon this here.

Hayfa
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At 18 November 2013 at 23:36 , Blogger amy said...

I never know how to reply to your posts but i always want to because after I read them i just sit there in awe, you have so many great thoughts and feelings, you write so perfectly and i'm so happy i found your blog. xxx

 
At 20 November 2013 at 09:49 , Blogger Lady Vintage said...

Adore your gif, and I'm sure brave is a high quality by this time, Anais Nin has a deep impact on me either M-C

 
At 20 November 2013 at 12:45 , Blogger Kelly-Ann Maddox said...

I have an Anais Nin tattoo :) I figured you'd approve of that. I love your writing but Google is being a callous bitch and not allowing me to follow you at the moment. I'll keep trying. - Tea For Two

 
At 20 November 2013 at 12:56 , Blogger Holly said...

Easy? To be brave? I see it the other way around. Believing in luck is easy, because it takes away any sense of responsibility for what happens to us. I believe in cause and effect. Luck is a superstitious concept. I'm not saying that if you want something and go for it you will always get it, but if you live your life with a brave attitude, the world tends to open up in many different ways. Believing in luck seems slightly irrational to me, seeing as it can't be proven to exist.

 
At 20 November 2013 at 13:42 , Blogger ivette said...

I'm a huge fan of Anais Nin.. a total junkie for her words...and that is in deed one of her greatest quotes.
I relate with you about being the girl that wanted to run away and join the circus ha.. I swear I've always said that too!..and now..a grown up woman..still want to.
Although I sort of did... a year ago, I left it all, I quit, I booked a flight, packed my bags and moved to the beach...Everyone told me I was nuts... they still do...but I've never been happier... it's like living in total freedom...freedom from the media, from the social events or society more like; free from technology, from gossip, from silly customs...it's a totally different world to live in this small paradise...away from everyone's reality...In a way.. this is sort of my "circus". I finally did it :)

 
At 20 November 2013 at 21:53 , Blogger Gail J said...

Your words are not bullshit for me because I really enjoy reading it though :) I used to think about running away all the time but now I've changed to be like ''running away to stay with myself" When you have a state piece of mind, i am sure that your head and feelings are way better. Brevity, Strength and Faith are 3 things I have in mind. Once you trust yourself, things always become easier xx

 
At 20 November 2013 at 21:57 , OpenID inspirationlush.com said...

Your bravery always comes through in your writing, it's beautiful and a great way to live. Love this :)

xo,
Jamie

 
At 21 November 2013 at 03:25 , Blogger Sonia De Macedo said...

What a way to live! I agree with this, I wish I were brave enough at times to break away and do what I truly want and need to do for myself. I have that yearning to be free, travel and do more of what makes me happy. I wish certain things weren't weighing me down so I could just go for it!

SDMxx
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At 21 November 2013 at 09:55 , Blogger Mrs. D said...

I totally agree with you. I have decided to be braver in the last few years and it really paid off. I don't regret any moment of it and would do it all again. with the good and the bad consequences.

 
At 21 November 2013 at 10:08 , OpenID dancing in black said...

I see life in that whimsical sense of rose tinted glasses, I find it difficult to brave amongst others who do not see the world this way and make it their mission to make sure I see it in their view, not my own. I have far too many regrets already at a young age and it seems that days go past that list grows alarmingly steadily. I want to be braver, fearless in my pursuit of freedom and happiness because to live a life with even one regret is the worst possible thing one can do.

xxx
Dancing in Black

 
At 21 November 2013 at 14:13 , Blogger Mona zus said...

Courage is such a difficult thing. I took a big risk lately, but had to. Was forced to. So I don't know if that counts. But i love what Nin says.
Mona
www.myhollywooddaze.com

 
At 23 November 2013 at 13:31 , Blogger Corinne said...

There have been times where I've been brave, and it's kind of backfired.

Love the gif. On Monday, it will be 8 weeks since I stopped smoking!

Corinne x
www.skinnedcartree.com

 
At 25 November 2013 at 19:24 , Blogger angelaremondi said...

So gorgeous. I love this! Thanks for sharing

xo www.inventedromance.blogspot.ca

 
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At 26 November 2013 at 19:51 , Blogger Isa said...

I like your vague, hippy bullshit. This vague, hippy bullshit in particular gives me a little bit of faith because sometimes these days I wonder if I'm being stupid pursuing seemingly arbitrary dreams with little direction. Plus you just have better ideas to write about than I do.

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At 26 November 2013 at 21:14 , Blogger Katie said...

Giiiiiiiiirl where have you been?! Hope you're well xx

 
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At 29 November 2013 at 12:11 , Blogger helen said...

you're right. i know you are right. i have never once regretted those instances where i have been brave and stepped out of my comfort zone. i think, for me at least, it is always the fear of failing, of being judged harshly, or thought of as stupid that holds me back.

and like you i have always admired courage and strength in others. it's probably what attracts me to people the most! (that and passion and intelligence but i'm rambling now)

thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog (you were the first and that's kind of exciting ha ha) x

 
At 17 January 2014 at 22:47 , Blogger Sanzibell said...

great gif ♥

Lieben Gruß
Sanzibell by Sarah Annabell

 

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