Many people, when asked who is brave, would say that firefighters, police, soldiers or those who face danger during their jobs or nearly every day and there is no doubt that those who pursue those professions show bravery in the highest way, however the general definition of bravery is showing courage or having courage, so why do we only point out those who face life or death situations every day. Is bravery, or better yet courage, only shown when our life is on the line? I don't think it is, I think that bravery can be shown every day and by those we might not immediately consider to be brave.
Consider a single mother who struggles daily to provide the basic necessities of life for herself and her children. It might not be concretely brave as society defines it, but it takes courage to push through every day when there's no clear end in sight. Consider a person who is disabled, and yet continues to work and live when they could just do nothing and mourn over their life. Consider a child who's just lost a parent, either to death or to some other factor. If they get up the next day and live, even though their life will never be the same and they have just lost a major support system in their life, is it not brave of them to continue on? Granted, and unfortunately, these are every day occurrences. Everybody knows somebody who has gone through some hardship, and maybe that is why we reserve the term brave for those who show extraordinary amounts of courage in their daily life. However coming from personal experience through my own hardships, one of the best things said to me was that I was brave, and I went through nothing like firefighters, soldiers or the police go through daily. I was merely brave for thriving despite the hardships and to this day, I hold that close to my heart. Maybe if we acknowledged the bravery in those around us as they struggle to continue in their lives the idea of being brave wouldn't be so far out of reach or so exclusively defined by the majority.