Many of us cannot empathize with those who put their lives on the line every day and show the highest form of bravery there is, but instead we understand how bravery affects us at numerous cornerstones in our lives. No act will compare to the valor of those men and women, therefore we must find it within ourselves to exemplify bravery in our own lives.

Many millennials like myself encounter bravery in the form of a search for who we are and why we are here. Mark Twain said it best: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

I believe every person in life has a passion and it’s something more than just an interest. It is something that is intangible, sometimes unexplainable, that gets you out of bed and energizes you day in and day out. It takes bravery to fill that void but everyone has the potential to reach this at any stage in life.

Because of the bravery of our men and women overseas fighting for our freedoms, we have the ability to do anything and everything we have the courage to do. We have endless choices that we take for granted now and again. The simple choice to pursue anything we have a passion for is one of those incomparable feats.

Do we really take advantage of any of our freedoms? Do we fill our days with the intention to fill Twain’s second day of importance?

Each day is a new day with endless opportunities and brand new experiences to embrace. Take advantage of the freedoms you have. Fill your days with productivity that inch you farther and farther to the end goal of finding who you are and why you are here.

When you reach that day, marvel in it. You were brave enough to get there.


Anna Schott is a senior public relations student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Continuously trying to find balance in this hectic world while capturing the small joys in life, Anna is in the process of following her passions and working to check off that bucket list box “Be super successful.” As a go-getter, enthusiastic millennial, she plans on broadening her horizons after graduation while keeping her Midwestern values close to heart. Anna continues to find time to write and enjoy her love of the outdoors.

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