• Shannon Brault

Be Brave

Anyone that has known me over the past 5 years knows that I love the show “Jane the Virgin”. I started watching it when it first came out with two of my friends during one of our Friday night sleepovers, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I have watched the first four seasons all the way through at least 6 times and it is something I can turn to when I’m feeling down, as it never fails to make me feel something special inside of me. I never thought a show could make such an impact on my life, but it did. With the show recently ending and me recently finishing it I have been watching interview after interview with the cast members, and I have been reflecting on why this show means so much to me.

There are so many things I love about Jane the Virgin. The show embarks on this wild story through the lens of a modern-Americanized telenovela. It is full of representation (WHICH I LOVE) and it started airing in 2014 in a time where representation was so desperately needed. People didn’t see people like them on TV and I know this show did such a great job at including so many different types of people from not only a cross-cultural standpoint, but the show also represented immigrants, different social classes, LGBTQ relationships, single parents, adopted children, people with addictions, famous people, people below the poverty line, etc. It is simply more than a show. It is a constant reminder of how powerful love, life, trust, and faith really are and it is a constant reminder that in life there are struggles, but there is beauty in the struggle and you have to keep fighting for what you love.

But, the point of this post is about what the show has taught me about being brave. Growing up I was always this outgoing kid with a shy side when I didn’t know how people were going to react to me. When I started watching this show I was just starting high school, which can really be a tough time for anyone. I honestly wasn’t brave most of the time and the majority of the time I was scared out of my mind. It is so crazy to look back at the amount of growth I have had since this show first aired. It’s something that was always there on a rainy day. It has never, ever failed to make me smile and I feel like I owe a lot to everyone who put time and effort into that show. In the very first episode, Jane (the protagonist) was sitting in a restaurant with Rafael (one of the love interests) and he tells her to “be brave”. That has stuck with me ever since. It took multiple years for me to act upon different dreams and desires I had because I was too afraid of failing. That’s the reason I was afraid to write, and afraid to put myself out there. Fear. of. Failure. and yes we all get that way from time-to-time, but it was those two words that made all the difference to me. “Be Brave”. Every once in awhile I’ll rewatch that episode or I’ll text one of my friends and have them tell me to “be brave”. It is such a simple reminder that I think it is so important, but so underused. Life is so short and you have to take risks. Take a risk, take a chance, make a change (Kelly said it best). This show reminded me of the importance of being brave. My mom always told me it growing up and I think it is so easy to lose sight of your goals and who you really are when you aren’t reminded of who you’re striving to be every once in a while. Being brave doesn’t mean that you aren’t scared, and I think we forget that all too often.

In the last episode, there was another line that really stuck out to me. Something I have heard a million times and have said a million times to others, but it so easy to forget when things get tough:

“It’ll just change and that is scary… It’s okay to be scared, but it’s not okay to let fear get in the way of your life.”

As it was also said: “You are the storyteller of your own life”. Be brave and let your faith be greater than your fear. The only thing keeping you from making that first step towards your goals is you. So with that being said, and I know I have said this a million times: BE SO BRAVE. Put yourself out there, apply for that job you may not be qualified for, change your major, talk to your boss, neighbor, friend, family member, whoever it may be. Life doesn’t care if you’re scared. It keeps going, so the best thing to do is to push through it. It’s terrifying, so incredibly difficult and takes every once of energy you have sometimes, but in the end you’ll never know if you never try.


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