She Who Is Brave Is Free

I have been absent, I know, no updates…I will spare you from the details because it is completely IRRELEVANT to this post. However, I will tell you it was not great news, things have changed, the plan is different now – but I am handling it and I have an amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! support group around me. I cannot stress how f@!*ing in awe I am of how the people I have in my life are pure gold (did I mention they’re amazing?)

This blog post is about bravery. Something so important to me that I had it tattooed on my body! I do not solely mean in terms of facing a difficult situation (in my case think a cement wall infinity feet high and infinity feet deep and I need to get to the other side), but how every single person needs to embrace the concept of bravery, and to live it, every goddamn day. Specifically, I am going to be talking about relationships, and dating (yuck!)

Everyone who knows me well knows that I find dating to be downright awful, it is awkward, uncomfortable, and my guard is always up. Or was. I don’t really know anymore – I’ll let you know when I figure that out. Dating is shit, and if you say you love it, I don’t know what planet you’re from – but can I visit? Can I study your weird culture? I need to understand why meeting a perfect stranger, feeling like you’re going to vomit and that you’re being interrogated or interviewed is a pleasant experience. ENLIGHTEN ME!!!

Joking aside, when people say that a life changing event opens your eyes and makes your priorities fall into line like perfectly stacked dominoes tiles – they were not bloody kidding.

Here is where I’m going to tell you how being brave isn’t just about facing crappy times and soldiering through, it’s about being brave every day – every time you’re confronted with an uncomfortable situation. In relationships (even friendships) that can be quite often, and in dating it’s multiplied.

#1 most important thing is to be brave enough to cut the toxic people out of your life, even if you love them, if you feel like you cannot live without them. They are toxic. They are SHIT. You are so much better off without them. It took me a long time to cut certain people out, and when this diagnosis came along some of them removed themselves from my life of their own volition. It hurt, it really hurt – I thought they cared about me, loved me, and were going to be my rock. I was SO SO wrong. I got over it though, I realized something – I have amazing friends, family, and there is so much love in my life that is a million times more pure than whatever that was.

#2 be brave enough to stand up for yourself. Don’t like something that’s happening in your relationship? Is your partner/friend/family member behaving or saying things that upset you and get you down? Tell them. Simple as that (jk, maybe have some tact). There are endless courses and counselors who specialize in helping people communicate for a reason – it works! Surprise, surprise we can’t read each others minds yet – maybe one day 😉

#3 be brave enough to tell people how you feel. Life is so short, too short, and way too short to hold your cards and emotions to your chest and not let someone know. People are terrified of rejection, and I get it, it stings – but only for a moment, trust me. Our egos are so inflated these days that we can’t handle it when someone doesn’t feel the same way about us. So what? Get rejected, own it, embrace it, tell yourself that person isn’t the one for you and maybe you are better off friends. Imagine if you say something and you got a positive response? Wouldn’t that be something! So make the grand gestures, lay it all out, wear your heart on your sleeve, tell people you appreciate them, you like them, you love them, that you think they have a bangin’ bod, laugh, hug, cry, love. Do it ALL.

#4 this is my last one. Be brave enough to know your own worth, know what’s REALLY important. I get that when our lives are “normal” we get sucked into the social norms – go to school, get your degree, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, retire etc. Again, that’s the social norm, it’s how we have been programmed by our society – but it doesn’t mean it’s right or the only way. The guy with the nice car and good job, but he is dull and boring? Ugh no. Please – give me someone who will dance in the kitchen, take spontaneous trips, geek out, takes an interest in me, and who isn’t afraid of making a fool of themselves. Someone that knows what is important, as my friend Lisa says “the connections we have with other people are the only things that fucking matter,” give me that. Give me a genuine person over a house and car any day. I’m brave enough to know I’m worth someone like that – and you should be too!

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Nothing but LOVE to you all, positive vibes only xoxo,
Karen

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4 thoughts on “She Who Is Brave Is Free”

  1. I’m not sure if you remember me from the save-on foods/north delta days but I randomly stumbled across your instagram right around the time you received your diagnosis. I am so sorry your going through this but I’m thinking about you as you kick cancers ass!

    Amanda

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  2. Karen wishing you all the best, I am your Dads first cousin my husband Verne is also struggling with cancer, he had his right arm removed last. Friday, April 21sr he is home today Thurs April 25th resting &doing well.I know you have a hard journey ahead of you, Hugs &prayers from our family to you. Donna

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