A Shot of Courage

“a wise person once said that all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery, and something interesting is bound to follow.”

I found this little quote in my chat messages. For some reason there was a day when I apparently thought I should share this knowledge with the world.  Although I do have wonder how the person (who ever they were) who wrote this defined the word “wise”, apparently today is another one of those days where I thought it should be shared.

I can’t really argue with the conclusion of “interesting” being a likely result things which might be described as “insane”, “embarrassing” and “brave(ry)”. Think of Hannibal crossing the Alps on Elephants; think of Gandhi believing that non-violence was the answer to violence and that not eating would lead to political mobilization; think of Ernst Shackleton who felt that he would be able to make it from Antarctica to South Georgia in a 22 ft boat with two men and sextant and then hike across uncharted mountain in the middle of a hurricane with nails from his boat in his shoes for traction to successfully rescue every man on his expedition from almost certain death.

Yes, courage, insanity, bravery and some embarrassment have often combined to create a lot of really interesting things. Ironically, I would also use some of these words to describe some men I have dated – although I would have to leave out the bravery and courage bits. And if you don’t have that you are just kind of left with insane and embarrassing, which isn’t all that interesting.

A word to men and women everywhere: don’t worry so much about the insane and embarrassing parts, play up the bravery and courage part, it keeps things….yes…. interesting.

Here is a drink for courage:


Gryffindor Shot
1/2 part Cinnamon Aftershock
1/2 part Goldschläger

‘First layer the Aftershock, then layer the Goldschläger on top. It’s best if you shake the Goldschläger first so you can get some gold flakes.’

(Because what novice high school boy would go up against a dark lord, just because a talking hat decided he had courage, without one?)


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