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Being Dauntless

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I admit it has taken me a while to figure out what my next post would be. I always prefer writing after I have read a book or two and I get down to sharing my views. I am on a brief break between semesters and in the last 3 days I decided to read all of Veronica Roth’s books. Well that was after I watched the movie Divergent. The Divergent books is a series of 3 books: The Divergent, The Insurgent and The Allegiant. In addition to these I also got to read Free Four and Four Divergent Stories: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son and The Traitor. Those are quite a number of books and they did spur quite a bit of emotions within me and they got me thinking about my fears.

Well I could highlight a few parts from the books, the five factions for example, that split people based on their values that is Amity who value peace, Abnegation who value selflessness, Candor who value honesty, Dauntless who value bravery and the Erudite who value intelligence. I admire the dauntless most for their bravery, they get to jump off trains and climb buildings among other things.

During the Dauntless initiation ceremony, the initiates are required to face their fears and learn how to maneuver through them. I thought about it for a while and I knew that maybe my fear landscape would include little creepy insects, darkness and the death of a loved one. One thing I liked however was how Tobias, a character from the book always told Triss, to be brave each time before she went under the fear simulation. I realize that courage is a requirement as each of us face our fears. I have talked about facing fears in my last post, I however didn’t talk about the amount of courage and bravery it requires. I have resolved to always telling myself how brave I am, telling others to be brave while helping them to be brave. Sometimes a little faith in yourself and in others is all that is required. Sometimes it is the missing ingredient to our aspirations and in our ability to take risks.

As we speak, each day I am beginning to dare myself to take risks or make choices that I would otherwise have not made due to either complacency or well “my comfort zone”. This of course doesn’t include choices that would affect my health. I am daring myself to work on coding hours from 3 to 6 a day, I am daring myself to exercise at least an hour a day, I am daring myself to take less sugar and the hardest one of all, is putting myself out there without considering what someone else would think of me. I am becoming a better person and I loving this new and improved me. Sometimes this is what we need to become better. That’s a challenge I am posing to you too, learn to take a few challenges each day against your old self.

I only need to say it one more time, Be Brave and face your fears, don’t let them define you.

Here are a few quotes on Bravery and Fear from the Divergent series:

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” 
― Veronica RothDivergent

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” 
― Veronica RothDivergent

“I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.” 
― Veronica RothAllegiant

“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” 
― Veronica RothDivergent

Yours,

A Dauntless Initiate

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