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K. Courage I believe courage is something that comes from deep inside oneself. I feel everyone has courage and

uses it at different times and in different ways. I think most of the tales,stories and movies that we and our

children are raised on have heroic and inspirational themes. The Bible tells of David battling Goliath, and

The Wizard of OZ tells of the cowardly lion who must find courage to face the witch. There are other forms

of courage such as when Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela spoke out against injustice, or people like

Steve Jobs and Walt Disney took huge financial risks to follow their dreams. Courage ranges from physical

strength to mental stamina. There are probably more kinds and examples of courage than what I'm going to

talk about,but I'm just going to touch on a few.

The first kind of courage is overcoming fear,so you can do what needs to be done. It could be

something as small as overcoming the fear of speaking in public. Whatever your fear, it will take courage to

face that fear. Fear of failure kept me from going back to school and furthering my education. Finally,at age

thirty-eight, I overcame my fear and returned to school. I regret not doing it sooner. Nelson Mendela once

said” I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who

does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”( qtd. Mandela) People feel fear all the time; for instance,

soldiers and police officers are terrified at times, but they chose to be heroic anyway. I’m sure Martin Luther

King was scared,but he stood up for what he believed and eventually was murdered for it. If you are afraid of

fear then fear has won, and it has power over you. It took courage for me to leave a very abusive

relationship, but after I did I had a fear of letting myself be happy. Being happy was a strange concept for

me, and I didn't know how. I think that fear is what kept me in abusive relationships most of my life. Just the

last several years have I been able to find peace and happiness with myself. Change is hard and letting go of

the past is painful, but once you let go you will be free.

The second kind is following your heart because this can be challenging and requires courage. We

usually stay in our safe bubble of life where we have security,predictability, and safety. Because our minds

run us, it tells us to make money, be successful, be stable and secure. We are too busy listening to our heads

that we don't hear our hearts. I live in a rut because I feel comfort and safety in it. Our hearts long to find

passion, love, fulfillment, and spiritual purpose. The fear of leaving our safety bubble does not let us

experience the longings of our hearts. Following our heart means leaving the safety of the known and taking

a risk on the unknown. My heart longs to find someone to love me. I have a fear of growing old alone and

never experiencing true love. After I got out of the abusive relationship, I called my childhood, I trended to

continue getting myself into other bad relationships because that’s all I knew. I have now been on my own

for several years, and I'm trying to find out who I really am. Steve Jobs followed his heart and his love of

inventing. He ended up helping build the Apple Empire and became a billionaire. Steve Jobs once stated

“ And most important ,have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know

what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ( qtd. Jobs)I defiantly have lived in a bubble.

I've been scared of the unknown and failure. Finally at age thirty-nine, I have found enough courage to step

out of that bubble and go to college. I didn't think I could do it and I still have a long way to go, but

surprisingly I'm enjoying my new adventure.

The third kind of courage is persevering in the face of adversity. It’s never easy, but we must

overcome the obstacle, what ever it may be, to find our true potential. I faced adversity at the hands of my

mother's boyfriend for ten years, but I persevered and made it through to a better life. “It's not the size of

the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” ( qtd. Twain) Everyone faces adversity at some

point in their lives. You may be faced with sickness, disability, overwhelming bills, abuse, unfairness, or

cruelty. When you are faced by any of these things, you must believe in yourself, be rational, decide what

you want the outcome to be, visualize yourself overcoming, and have the courage to endure through it.

Nelson Mendela faced adversity, but he never gave up. He rose up against the government and formed the

Defiance Campaign to fight against apartheid. He was arrested and served 27 yrs. He eventually was

released and helped abolish apartheid. Mandela showed courage during his time in prison. It took courage

for me to endure ten yrs of verbal,physical,and sexual abuse at the hands of my mother's boyfriend. The Lord

is the one who gave me that courage. Even over the years since then, I've faced other obstacles in my life,

but somehow by the grace of God I have overcome them. I believe everyone is afraid of something, but the difference is how you deal with your fear. “Courage

is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”( qtd. Twain) Courage is the ability to confront

fear,pain, danger, uncertainty, intimidation, hardship, and death; also, one must be able to do the right thing

no matter what the consequences.

Works Cited

Twain,Mark XploreInc,2013 n.d. Web 12 July 2013

Mandela,Nelson XploreInc,2013 n.d. Web 12 July 2013

Jobs,Steve GoodreadInc.2013 n.d. Web 12 July 2013

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