Just because you’re not afraid right now doesn’t mean you truly aren’t afraid. Change your circumstances and see if you’re still unafraid. It’s then that you will realize you’re living in fear. Not happening to feel fear at this moment is not the same as having courage. Courage is a way of life, just like fear is a way of life — regardless of the circumstances. While fear is passive and pessimistic, courage is active and full of faith. You only live once, so which life do you want to live? A mediocre one or a legendary one? For all in life is a choice and every moment in life is a step: a step inward or a step outward.
We hide behind excuses and shelter our timid selves with the lie of the world which says we’re supposed to be afraid. And we willingly blind ourselves so we can ignore the fact that the path to courage begins with just one small step. It’s so much easier to be lazy, to be passive, to stay in our comfort zones and be miserable. The miserable life is an easy one to live, but a happy one is very difficult. Because friends and confidence and blessings come from rejection, trials, and sacrifice.
So we’d rather just pretend the world knows what it’s talking about when it says you were born this way, that your identity is either fearful or courageous, so there’s no use in fighting it. But is that realistic? Isn’t it more realistic that our brains and bodies adapt to our surroundings and the habits we determine for them? Maybe some people have natural tendencies towards fear or courage, but who of us hasn’t had a moment of fear and courage? It proves that if we’ve had courage before we can have courage again. Some of us just have to fight for it harder than others, and some of us aren’t willing to fight at all. But the fight is only one step at a time, and the first step is the hardest. And then we can take another step outward, toward a lifestyle, to a habit of courage. Why not choose a life of courage? You will choose your next step. Posting this was my small step towards courage. What is yours?
[written with my left hand]