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Always An Adventure: 20 Second of Bravery


You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just literally 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” – Benjamin Mee, “We Bought a Zoo”

As a kid, I loved rollerblading at break-neck speeds. I was never scared to fail; I just wanted to try. I parent in that same way. Figure it out – if you fail, we’ll work together and find the solution, but I promise you that you are capable of doing something unique. My son built his desk from scrap wood. It’s not perfect, but he did that. My oldest daughter wanted to make doll clothes, and she did that too. 

We go rollerblading together. There was some fear, but I counted to three and encouraged the kids if they’re going to fall, aim for the softest surface. 

My youngest (my mini-me) wanted to conquer a hill. I bit my lip and said go for it. She tore down the incline, and I was right behind her the entire time, cheering her on. She landed in some bushes nearby, but she had embarrassing bravery and conquered with laughter at her mistakes and a few scars. Then she got back up and did it again. 

Do what scares you. Don’t be afraid of failure. The worst thing that could happen is that you learn what won’t work and find a solution that will. No one said everything would be perfect, but at least we could enjoy the adventure.

Nakeshia Shannon is a photographer and mother of three. Visit her online at NakeshiaRenee.com.