All of us need a circle of friends who gather around us when we're vulnerable. Will you be that person for someone else? Will you create a circle around your friend and help them be brave when their world becomes a threatening place? Will you be brave and advocate for your friend? On the flip side, when you're feeling vulnerable, will you speak of your distress so your friends can create a circle around you? Will you let them fight for you and encourage you?
It's time we redefined what bravery looks like. Being brave should not be an individual endeavor. Being brave should come from being in a community. It should come from people stopping to link their arms in ours and help us to the finish line. It should come from friends surrounding us when we're hurting.
Instead of surviving life alone, let's start circling around one another. It's easier to navigate life when we have people around to help us. Let's be brave together.