Teacher, what is brave?

Their vocabulary list included the word. Naturally, someone had to ask. So I summoned my best teacher voice.

“Well, some people say being brave means not being afraid. But I think being brave just means doing scary things. When you do something scary, you’re brave. Like what are some scary things you could do?”

“Uh, uh… bungee jump,” said a student.

“Yes, bungee jumping. Bungee jumping is always scary. Being brave is bungee jumping anyway.” I continued, “What else is scary?”

“Hitting shark with stick,” said a boy to my left, motioning with his hands.

“Yes, hitting a shark with a stick would be pretty scary. Being brave is doing it anyway, especially if you do it to save someone from getting eaten by the shark. ¬†What else could you do that’s scary?”