February 21, 2012


Katniss Everdeen:
This blog isn't about her, but she is
my current favorite heroine.
Go read The Hunger Games
if you haven't already.
It would be imprecise to simply describe her as a delight.
Really she is a troublemaker. 
A warrior woman.

But aren’t all good heroines a little edgy.
A little bit of a rule breaker; a little different than that 1950's/Proverbs 31 woman example they are told to live up to.

Isn’t that why we love them as our heroines in the first place?
Because they aren’t afraid to do the things we have always wanted to do? To do the things we would only think about doing. The things we dare not actually let ourselves believe we can accomplish. We dare not even let ourselves think we are good enough, smart enough, strong enough, pretty enough, or edgier enough, as it were.

The heroine definitely has a little spring in her step and a spark in her personality.
She isn’t afraid of what people think. But she is.
She isn’t afraid of what the future holds. But she is.
She isn’t afraid of how things will turn out. But she is.

She is in all of us: this fearless and fearful paradox. As we try to change the world and find security at the same time. Facing our fears while simultaneously hiding our insecurities.

All she really wants is love, but the most fearful thing is not being loved in return. In this, loving becomes the most fearless thing she can do.

1 comment:

  1. The last two paragraphs really speak to me. Yes, she is in all of us. Thanks for the reminder that we are all fearing not being loved in return and hoping to love as we overcome that fear. (And thanks for stopping by my blog.)