If you’re a nurse or an abuse survivor, you don’t have to be brave
“I’m not brave. I’m just me. Full of light and lifted by my light. You see, when you strip away the darkness and lies that others surround you with, you’re left only with your light. The genuine you. Moving forward in life in ways that are authentically you. Not because it’s brave to rise above and be disconnected from your humanity, but rather because when you become un-brave, you step into your own courage. Courage has understanding of what you’re doing and who or what you’re doing it for. Courage gives you permission to feel the feels, and connect not only with others, but also with yourself.
Whether you’re a nurse, an abuse survivor, or whatever has led to your belief that brave is the face you need to show, I hope you give yourself permission to become un-brave. Step into the courage that allows you to embrace the fears that are the keys to your strength, compassion, and humanity. May you show that courage first to yourself and the parts of you that are hurting, so that you can be genuinely and authentically courageous for others.”
Traci Powell is a nurse practitioner.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “If you’re a nurse or an abuse survivor, you don’t have to be brave.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/11/if-youre-a-nurse-or-an-abuse-survivor-you-dont-have-to-be-brave.html)