Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blog 32: Defining Courage

We all have different definitions – interpretations – when it comes to courage. Being courageous can vary from saving a person’s life, from a soldier going behind enemy lines, to even just surviving a life obstacle. Most people would probably mention something heroic when they are asked “What is courage?”. But to me, you don’t have to be a hero or to be some kind of a superman to have courage. You don’t have to be an adult to have courage. Some younger ones are even more courageous than their older counterparts. Courage doesn’t have any age limit. There is no such thing as a human who is a coward or someone who is not courageous at all. Everyone of us possess some type of courage, no matter how small that “courage” may seem to be. It’s just a matter of how and when we show it.

Usually, many of us categorize  a shy and introvert person as someone who doesn’t have any courage at all because we think that they are afraid of interactions and any form of socializing. But what may come as a surprise is that these people do have courage. Their courage may not be as visible, but they do have it. Courage is something that all of us have within. It’s pretty much an instinct. Perhaps an example would give a better view of what I’m trying to say.

Let’s say that you’re a student who does everything that you’re told. You’re someone who is friends with everyone, you don’t have a problem with anyone, you stay away from anything that may cause you and other people a problem, you don’t pick fights – as a matter of fact, you’ve never even had a fight with another person at all. You’re an overall good student and because of that some people think that if they were to push you around, to to step on you; you wouldn’t do a single thing about because what they know is that you don’t like having problems with anyone at all. So these people start pushing you around, telling you what to do...just basically bullying you around. What do you do? Well, you have two choices: either you let them keep bullying you around and let yourself become a pushover or you find the COURAGE to stand up and defend yourself from these bullies.

Wouldn’t finding to have the courage to stand up for yourself a form of being courageous? OF COURSE IT IS!

Also, courage can be found all the time. We don’t notice it right away, but courageous people are among us every single day. A single mother is striving every day at work just so she could feed her children. A person is fighting for their lives as they are suffering from leukemia while a young track star who has just lost his legs from an accident is trying to find the courage to accept his loss.

See, people are being courageous day in and day out. As a matter of fact, I do know someone in my family whom I would define as courageous. My grandma. My mom and her family weren’t really well off – they weren’t rich, but they weren’t dirt poor. It’s just that they weren’t as well off compared to now. My grandma managed to find the courage to work hard and be able to send all her six children, including my mom, to college and graduate after my grandpa died all of a sudden from an illness.Other mothers in her situation would rather just give up and have her children stop school and help her work. However, my grandma refused to have her children stop going to school. She wanted all her kids to do better than her and my grandpa did, she wanted them to have a much better future. She knew that by finishing their education and earning college diploma is the only thing she could hand them and the only thing she could promise for their future. My grandma strived to pay for all their colleges by working, selling various products in the market. And now, all of my mom’s siblings, including herself, are all college graduates and are much well off than they were before...and it’s all thanks to my grandma’s courage to keep working hard for her children, even after the sudden death of my grandpa.

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