I am thrilled to join the Growing Bolder team. My goodness, what a team it is, huh? Everyone is so accomplished and athletic and living their dreams – it’s intimidating to say the least. I feel like I should modify my first sentence to, “My name is Amy, the most non-athletic, under-accomplished person here.” 😉
But that’s okay. I do not join Growing Bolder as an expert, I join as a mere mortal who wants the best life for myself and everyone who has that gnawing feeling that more is out there. (More about me in the next blog.) I think Growing Bolder is an excellent place to make this happen. I look forward to learning from GB’s experts as well as learning from and being inspired by the fine folks whose stories they tell. Hopefully and humbly I will someday be in their ranks – I’m determined to at least try. Join me?
Definitions of “Bolder”
As a starting point, I looked up the definitions of “bolder” (thank you dictionary.com). Let’s see what we’ve got here:
1. Not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: A bold hero.
Hmm… Right off the bat, though I’m all for breaking out of our comfort zones and trying new things, I personally veto possible serious danger. What do you think?
As for “A bold hero,” I think this one needs some exploring. I feel that often a hero is depicted in pop culture as swooping in and saving the day and then riding off alone into the sunset – some returning to their life of solitude. We don’t think of them as having dreams or wants or needs.
While theirs’ is a noble pursuit, I like having dreams and wants and needs. Though I’ve had plenty a time where I’ve ventured out by myself, tried to be helpful where I am at, and then went home alone with some pangs of solitude, I still went out. As a step towards Growing Bolder, I choose to amend this one to, “Not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual real life!”
2. Not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent:
This one sounds pretty good to me. I’ve never been a shrinking violet. Those that know me likely think I’m pretty bold in general. That said, let’s remove “impudent.” I firmly believe that all people should show and be shown respect and that there’s a great deal to learn from others. I’m looking very forward to learning from Growing Bolder’s experts and other good people, places and pets I happen upon.
3. Necessitating courage and daring; challenging: A bold adventure.
A bold adventure, ummm, yes please! I’m not sure this means we all need to throw on backpacks, lace up hiking boots and go on a walkabout. Though, if that’s your thing, go for it. I think life is an adventure, a great one that we’re blessed to partake in, and that we should be bolder in our daily lives. I’ve not been great about this as I have tended to fall into routines. It’s time for me to be open and challenge myself. So to that end, Amy… Get moving. Get breathing. Get listening, to ourselves and others. Get feeling. Get sharing. Get up, get out of the house, and go.
4. Beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative: Einstein was a bold mathematician.
Again, no pressure there, jeez. Let’s take comparisons to Einstein out of the equation. This one is really interesting at face value if we direct it inward. We are all likely limiting ourselves with our thoughts and non-action. Let’s not only use our imaginations but challenge them. In our own minds, let’s also challenge and quiet those voices whose words of discouragement get in our way. I know this may sound easier said than done but we can do this!
5. Striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: A bold pattern.
Heck, why not. As a transplanted northerner, now living in Florida, whose wardrobe is a sea of black and grey, I say it’s time to embrace the beautiful colors, patterns, and textures of the world. I’m unlikely to be found in head to toe pastels, lest those who know me fear I’ve suffered a traumatic brain episode, but I’ll figure out some baby steps here. I think I’ll start with a pink streak in my hair.
6. Steep; abrupt: A bold promontory.
Admittedly, I had to look this one up. Promontory: a point of high land that juts out into a large body of water. Umm, okay, I say we all take whatever symbolism or meaning from this that springs to mind for each of us. Perhaps this is foreshadowing the next Conquering Kilimanjaro! (No it’s not surrounded by water but I think we should let that slide.)
7. Nautical: Bold waters.
How about we use this as a roundabout mission statement. Let’s get ready to enter, immerse, float, tread and sail the bold waters of bolder lives!