Bravery and stupidity are different sides of the same coin

I have spoken to many people about my decision to leave my current job with no future plans.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the timescales I had in my head are unrealistic. Eight months have become less than six months and the reality isn’t going to change. I will need to find another job, or jobs, while I go about doing whatever I need to do to reach this dream of coaching and freelance writing. It is also becoming increasingly apparently that it might not be as simple as I thought.

That itself doesn’t phase me too much. Am I scared? Yes, a little. But I am more excited.

Am I scared? Yes, a little. But I am more excited.

Bringing this back to the title of the blog post: many of my friends have commented that my decision is brave. Others, abet not as many, have commented that it was a stupid decision (most were quite polite when wording this). It is worth noting that my parents fall into the latter. It is to be expected that different people will have different opinions on the same event, but it surprised me how my single decision has been described by such contrasting adjectives.

Is one man’s bravery another man’s stupidity? Is the difference between what is considered brave and what is stupid really just perspective?

Is one man’s bravery another man’s stupidity?

There will be some general consensus.

Most people would be in agreement that driving a car while completely intoxicated is stupid, very few people would say this is an act of bravery. But for the most, the difference between an irresponsible decision and seizing an opportunity is smaller than I once thought.

It really is a matter of perspective, they very much are different sides of the same coin.

Is my decision brave or stupid? It depends who you ask. More risk adverse or not too fond of change? It’s probably a stupid decision. One for jumping at any opportunity and seeing where the journey goes? It’s probably a brave decision.

So what do I think?

I’m sticking with bravery and seeing where this journey takes me.

I’m sticking with bravery and seeing where this journey takes me.

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