noun: the ability to do something that frightens one
There are lots of kinds of courage; physical acts of courage, moral courage, even thoughts can be courageous. Courage is not not being afraid. It is being afraid, and doing it anyway. It is knowing yourself and wanting more and doing the work.
Courage is out there in the world waiting to be noticed. But, it is difficult to identify and even harder to grasp. Let’s face it, it is easier to be lackadaisical. Our culture does not encourage courage.
I’m not sure I have ever acted courageously. I have acted and thought outside the box, been a bit of a rebel. I’ve pushed myself, the people I love, and those around me. But I haven’t done it with courage. Perhaps I lack the fear, or haven’t identified it properly. What if I haven’t done anything impressive or worthy or significant enough to carry the weight that includes fear? That scares me most of all!
From the time my oldest son was about six he wanted to move far away from home and think big thoughts. He wanted to travel and talk with people from all over the world. He wanted to learn and understand and build things. He told me variations of this theme over and over throughout his childhood. So with that as his goal he went off at eighteen to do just that; he’s at a prestigious university. It took courage. Courage and conviction.
We know as humans, that to push beyond what holds us back is the only way to grow. I want my life to be noble. I want all this to mean something. I want to move forward with fortitude. I kind of like that about myself…opposing fear. With courage.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”