Courage is something I have been thinking about a lot over the past year. I think sometimes we mistake courage for being fearless. But I like to believe the above quote. That to be courageous is to take on something even when you are fearful.
People still tell me it was a courageous thing to do to move to a completely new country where I didn’t know anyone all by myself at 21. To leave the familiar behind. But you know what? I’m not sure how courageous it was given I was excited and eager to move to a whole new country and start a whole new life. I think the fear sunk in a little later but I conquered it all the same. In the last couple of years, I personally think I’ve lived the most courageous life ever.
It started with having the courage to leave a dead-end relationship and realising there was no future. Sure, it was comfortable but there were a lot of cracks. The fear of the unknown probably made me stay in it longer than I should have. But when I finally faced my fear, I realised it was so worth it. 2013 was the epitome of a courageous year for me. I lived out of my comfort zone. I pushed myself to meet new people. To seek new adventures. To expand my social group. All of these required managing my anxiety and trying to live a life worth living.
Being courageous has expanded my life. It has given me new friends. It has given me wonderful adventures. It has given me a whole lot of memories to cherish. It has taught me that I can survive. That fear is not necessarily a paralyser and we can choose to live in spite of that fear.
Most importantly, being courageous has shown me a new me.
How do you live your life courageously?
Until next time,