What is brave?
A family battling tragic illness, a mother trying to beat addiction, a person trying to break free of domestic violence, reaching out for help when you have already planned your suicide and feel like you can't breath one more day. THAT is brave. Not wearing a swimsuit at the beach.
The word “brave” does seem to be overused when it comes to standing up to social constructs. Anne Hathaway said as much in her 2008 speech accepting an award from the Human Rights Campaign. “I'm not being brave, I'm being a decent human being,” she said of loving and supporting her brother, who is gay.
Can't we all learn from this, if not bravery, let's call it elevated social intelligence? It shouldn't feel brave to love your sibling or go to the beach in a bathing suit. Those things should be 100% normal, because they are.
If not brave, Jessica Kane is a force to be reckoned with, and on her way to a successful career in fashion. In fact, she just landed a gig as creative director at plus-size fashion brand Cool Gal Blue. Go Jessica!
[Photo via Life & Style of Jessica Kane]