Courage is a word we toss around quite a bit, and I’m sure it manifests itself in people differently.
Some of you got off your couches and ran a 5k, with a crowd of people starting at your spandex. That took courage for you.
Some of you walked through the open garage door of a local Box and felt like you could never possibly be like the people over on the rings doing dips, but you didn’t turn around and leave. You stepped in, shook hands and even if you felt awkward, you kept showing up. You still can’t do dips, but you still show courage.
Often, courage has a fearful spark igniting it. How many of you, parents, wouldn’t put yourself between a bear and your child? The fear of the bear harming your kid produces a type of courage that you don’t even think about. You just act. Your adrenaline is pumping, you might even feel sick; but you are wired for the fight, and you don’t second guess yourself.
Courage isn’t something you plan–you just do.
Or you don’t.
And if you don’t, then it’s the antonym.
It’s not a healthy basis for living.
Sure we shouldn’t live a completely ‘fearless’ life–doing stupid things and thinking we’re bulletproof. But there are calculated risks we take every day. Limiting yourself by the ‘what-ifs’ will eventually clog up the healthy flow of your life until your heart is barely beating anymore. You go numb and are content to be that way.
Get rid of the ‘what ifs.’
Make the changes you need to. Face the challenges, no matter how sick it makes you feel. Do what’s right.
Most of all, show courage.
Once you begin to show courage, it gets easier and easier, until you start to feel alive again.
Life is hard. Sometimes we take a risk and it fails.
But when it doesn’t fail, then we can truly live.