Courage is a word that I have no idea how to describe. It’s looked different for me over the years. I used to think that courage was never backing down from a challenge. Then I thought that courage was the ability to be yourself and remain in control of yourself despite what’s going on around you.
Occasionally I feel like I’m not courageous at all, just living life, making mistakes, winning in certain areas, and trying to get it right in the others. The ability of me to keep going and take on new challenges despite how difficult it gets. I get scared just like anyone else. There are moments where the fear is debilitating and prevents me from taking the next step. There are moments where I feel no fear; dive headfirst into a project and just grow my wings on the way down as they say. In other words, I learn as I go! I can say that before courage was more physical for me.
Being able to protect myself against danger both real and perceived. Talking back when people talk s* to me. All the things most typically pick up on in adolescence whether they were taught at home or by life.
Now courage to me is a mental thing. It’s a personal challenge. A duty to myself to feel the fear and do it anyway. To not allow fear to catch me off guard or prevent me from reaching my goals. It’s a lifestyle. A way of living. A badge. And it’s changed for me at each level of my life. Who knows, it could be different tomorrow.
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