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Regardless of if you like her music, it seems like Lady Gaga is pretty honest. In her most recent song she sings, “I live for the applause.” Over and over again, she repeats this simple line. You can certainly argue that it’s just a lyric and she doesn’t mean it. Then again, to doubt that Lady Gaga doesn’t like attention is to argue that when she wore that dress made of meat that was about celebrating the unknown comfort of bacon not trying to get people to look at her. Though several pop stars might live for the applause, at least Lady Gaga admitted it. And applause is fun. I've had hate and applause and I know which one felt better. I like applause and have a good time when the things I do generate more of it. There’s only one problem though.

When we think about bravery and courage, we often imagine those moments from movies. A hero is up against impossible odds. It’s difficult but he leans into the challenge and survives! His girl, who is probably the brunette tomboy he ignored for the hot blonde all too long, will kiss him as the credits play. Yay, bravery! Bravery is grimaces and grinding it out and wiping sweat off your brow as you save the day! Here’s the truth about bravery:

The only thing harder than beginning is beginning again. And trying to get someone to eat at a fondue restaurant a second time. That's very hard in its own unique way. The truth is that as scary as the blank page might be, the harder thing to deal with is the one you’ve already drawn on. That page is covered with marks and mistakes. There is history there. There are scribbles and lines and cross outs.

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