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  • Sarah Bergakker MSN, CRNA

Finding the Courage to Save Your Own Life

We,

as a tribe,

are ferocious in our bravery professionally.

We believe,

and practice,

that we can save someone else’s life.

It is time to start remembering that we can save our own life.

We just have to have the courage to do it.


YOU CAN SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE.

I often say to nurse anesthesia residents, “You not only have to know what to do in an emergency, you have to have the courage to do it.”

“You have to have the courage to do it.” Something I’ve been thinking about for myself a lot recently. I have areas I want to grow in, and things I want to see come to reality in my life. But, I have to take a million small steps every day towards who I want to be and away from fear--fear of failure, fear of being found an imposter, fear of not-being-enough-now to be who-I-want-to-be-then. I have to have the courage to commit to doing the thing.


Practicing self compassion helps support me greatly in the middle of trying to get small and try to feel right-sized to my clanging, banging, thoughts pinging around my head telling me, “Sit down, stop dreaming, and that there is great safety in getting stagnant.”

My imagination usually tells me, “You won’t/can’t survive it.” Yet, I have yet to live through an actual hard and difficult thing that was worse than I imagined it to be. I am here; living, breathing, surviving it all.

We, as a tribe, are ferocious in our bravery professionally. We believe, and practice, that we can save someone else’s life. It is time to start remembering that we can save our own life. We just have to have the courage to do it.