Where does one find courage?
People attribute courage to a rationale of actions that stem from their fear of not having the opportunity to take full advantage of their choices in the future.
Others feel that having courage means doing something that they feel might be considered embarrassing such as:
Running the streets naked
Dancing in front of a classroom full of students
Courage is often dismantled due to fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, fear of disappointment, judgment, or an irreversible reputation that one may develop after having the courage to make a possible life changing decision.
However, I think Courage has the potential to come from somewhere else
Courage comes from somewhere locked deep inside an individual that is bursting with emotion…
Courage, in my opinion comes from being pissed off.
“when I was in high school, I became so frustrated with how people dressed, how people talked, seeing guys walking around with their pants sagging, intentionally possessing ignorance and owning up to a negative self image. I used to hate seeing women carry themselves with little to no self respect. I used to go home angered by wanting to fit in, but barely having friends because I knew that my choices could’ve been made so much better than what I saw in my peers. I was a victim of complacent lifestyles and individuals that spent their lives following behind trends instead of setting their own.
I knew in that moment, that I wanted to be different. Not to gain attention from others so they could be like me, not so I could be liked at all..but because I was pissed off at the way things were.
I think that’s how a lot of people get their courage.
Women that were sexually abused gain courage to tell someone. Or join women’s rights groups, or use their testimony to teach other young girls about how to carry themselves.
Victims of any kind gain courage based on their circumstances. Because they want to serve as the reflection of change.
Victims posses the drive to triumph the obstacles that stand in their way because they know, and believe that nothing gets easier by doing nothing. If that were the case, they are better off remaining in the situation they were once in.
However, we as victims, as aggressors of change or infuriated by the way we view the imperfections of the world. It is through this unacceptance that we gain courage to stand for what we think is right.