“Her courage was her crown and she wore it like a queen.” – Atticus
Courage! It is such a powerful word. It came from the latin word cor which means heart. Living a courageous life is choosing to live from the heart. It’s allowing your heart and soul to be seen by the whole world. Courage is to be vulnerable and continue forward.
“The way of the heart is the way of courage. It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be.” – Osho
Having courage is essential in life. Without courage it is impossible for us to achieve or conquer anything. Those who are courageous are the ones who succeed. They are the ones who achieve their goal and live their dreams.
Courage is not something you can be given. It is something you were born with and a skill that needs to be nourished so it can flourish.
“Courage is a love affair with the unknown.” – Osho
If you have read my blog, followed me on instagram or have me as a friend on Facebook you’ll know that I’m just your ordinary girl. What could I have to say about courage? How could I possibly label myself as courageous? Well I’m not going to lie I struggled finding an example of my courage and most of my life thought of myself as a coward. So I tried to start writing down possible examples of my bravery and then I scrunched up the paper and threw it away. I then went to my “resources” also known as my parents. I have to say this slightly boosted my confidence when their reaction was “we have to pick just one?”
So here it is, after some lovely and encouraging talks with my family, I’ve come to realize that my courage has resided in me since the day I was born. I was born with a congenital heart defect called Ebstein’s anomaly. Despite what the doctors said about my odds of living, I was a fighter and had the strength of a warrior. Eleven years later, I had my open-heart surgery. I knew the risks involved but my courage was so much more powerful than my fears. The day of my operation I was prepped for surgery early in the morning with my parents there by my side. When the time came that I had to be taken into the operating room and say goodbye to my parents, I didn’t cry, I just hugged them and waved saying “see you soon.” I had a million fears yes, they were fierce and real but I was able to carry on strongly despite them. I rose above my fears. My courage and my strength made for an extraordinary quick recovery and to this day my doctors still talked about how my bravery made for a miraculous recovery.
“She was powerful, not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strong, despite the fear.” – Atticus
To you who are reading this, maybe you can relate to my personal story or maybe your fears seem like such a catastrophe that you feel nobody would ever understand. We all have fears! Being courageous isn’t the same as being fearless. Fearless is having no fear at all, while courage is recognizing your fears and carrying on in spite them.
Fear is a feeling not a fact! When we allow fear to overcome us we have a false belief that we are powerless and have no affect on an outcome. Stop and be mindful of your fears, be aware that they are there; in fact they are there for a reason. Observe your thoughts of fear without judgment. Choose to carry on and accept the challenges that life brings.
Fear is a negative energy that can overtake us completely, while courage is positive energy to overcome fear.
“When you are willing to stay even a moment with uncomfortable energy, you will gradually learn not to fear it.” – Pema Chodron
Several years ago I packed up all my belongings to move across the country to Whistler, B.C. on my own. I left all my friends, family and job behind in order to embark on a new life changing adventure. It was exactly what I wanted, my big step in becoming my fiercely independent, free-spirited and crazy self. However, when my flight was booked and my moving day confirmed all my fears began to overwhelm me. “How could I possibly move to the other side of the country where I knew no one?” “What if it didn’t work out?” or the worst one “How can I move so far away on my own when my health isn’t great?” Well toughen up sweetheart! Yes I was totally…completely…utterly…TERRIFIED! The easy option would have been to stay home, but I would have missed an amazing opportunity. I was courageous, I was a warrior and I carried on into a whole new world of the unknown.
“Don’t call it it uncertainty – call it wonder. Don’t call in insecurity – call it freedom” -Ohso
Courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar, the comfortable for the uncomfortable, a road map for a trip to some unknown destination.
Learn to take risks! Sometimes taking risks may lead you into danger. Sometimes they may lead you astray but sometimes you need to go off course in order to grow. You will fall but you will rise up again. What defines us is how well we rise after falling. We learn and grow from our mistakes. That is how we become strong.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. We all learn from our mistakes and know what not to do next time. We cannot depend solely on other people’s lessons learned. We all have struggles and battles we are fighting. We are all facing challenges. There is nothing wrong with that! Having struggles does not make us weak. Having courage to face our challenges makes us strong.
Don’t live a life out of fear but live a life full of conviction! Stop analyzing life and live it. Stop trying to understand love and move into it. We gain knowledge through experience.
Go forward into the unknown with strength and bravery. It will take an extraordinary amount of trust and courage because you will be moving away from the norm. Learn to embrace change even when it may seem negative and choose to consciously turn challenges into opportunities.
Embrace new opportunities whenever they arise. Take on challenges. Embark on new adventures. Be open to all possibilities.
Choose to be alive, truly alive and venture out into the unknown. There may be danger but don’t let the fear hold you back. Be courageous!
“Be here now, with all the insecurity that life is, with all the uncertainty that life is, with all the danger that life is.” – Ohso