“‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”

“Be brave”. That’s what stayed with me after the last night. It was a long, very much pointless[1] and most of all a multi-layered and complicated conversation. Initially it was said – be yourself. Another bullshit, right? But maybe – be brave enough to be yourself. Be brave enough – and if that’s not enough, if that doesn’t work – be brave enough to hide behind your strengths, and not behind your weaknesses… Be ahead of the game – just like in chess – to be ahead enough to recognise when the game is about to start[2].

Be brave. Maybe it’s just a different way of saying well-known clichés. Maybe it’s something more…

[1] pointless as on the one end there was drunkenness, on the other – innate avoidism (i.e. me).

[2] and this is when you can stop; this is when you can retreat; this is when you can choose not to play.

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