I wear all kinds of rings. A while ago at a professional meeting, someone looked at the huge one on my middle finger and asked, "What is this?"
"A ring," I said.
"It is terribly eye-catching? What is it?"
I named the gemstone and said, "I wear these as protection."
So, yes, I am not brave as I appear. I have never even tried to appear brave...people just assume I am. I don't know if there is a blanket definition. In fact, I am unashamedly vulnerable. And as afraid of a few things as any of you...
But your demons will not disappear because of my fears, just as your pain cannot be lessened by mine. In fact, if you feel a bond with me then your pain and mine may well be the same...