As kids, we are brave
if we go down the slide
if we try a new food
if we jump off the high dive
if we don't cry when mom leaves on the first day of school.
As middle schoolers, we are brave
if we volunteer first
if we run for class office
if we sing at the talent show
if we dance with our crush.
As high schoolers, we are brave
if we try out for sports
if we take our drivers test
if we stand up for what we believe
if we don't follow the crowd.
As adults, we are brave
if we succeed in college
if we fight for our country
if we bring a new person into the world
if we never stop trying.
As people, we are brave
if we fight for the rights of others as well as ourselves
if we help those who cannot help themselves
if we listen as well as we speak
if we see the truth when it is easier to belive lies.