Through the course of time, our world, although constantly advancing to cater to our needs have developed dangers and countless fear inducing stimuli. We constantly encounter things that are hard to stand up for and situations that call for us to have courage. The world has become so daunting that standing up and expressing yourself has become challenging; personally, I find myself having difficulty in expressing my true self. Along the way, a sense of fear and anxiety has been planted within me, and I need to find the courage to overcome this sense of insecurity that I have developed.
Paolo Avila, Philippines
For me, courage has many faces. I think that everyone is in need of a healthy amount of it to live a fulfilling life. In our society, courage is quite essential beacuse so many people struggle to express their true selves. Everybody is talking about how important it is to be unique but how are we supposed to do so while we’re running around with the constant fear of being judged or worse, condemned? For me, that’s what courage is about. To not let that fear influence your doing but to conquer it by turning it into a positive power source and using this power to stand up to yourself and experience your unique gifts by stepping out of the comfort zone. That’s what you need courage for.
Sophie Niemann, Germany
Courage is an action caused by a feeling that is driven from our own knowledge and understanding on how to encounter situations that are in ways unknown. But what do we need courage for? To find our true selves in order to become a well-rounded human being. Courage for me, is about encountering a situation no matter the outcome and accepting the multiple unknown possibilities that can stem from it. For an individual to be able to except themselves for who they are, and to be able to express it in this cookie-cutter society that could possibly criticise and disapprove them, takes the most courage out of any other acts. Too many people are quite afraid to do so, as they fear rejection. So for me, we need courage to be ourselves in order to grow and create a more open and welcoming society.
Rick Radalj, Australia
To me talking about courage invites us to look at how we acquire it. And in that sense, we can notice that there are two big categories: a courage someone is born with: “courage in the blood” and another courage someone acquire depending on situations: ” courage on demand” That been said, we can notice that the second category of courage is probably more vulgar nowadays. Why do I think it is vulgar? Because, we live in a world full of predators and many of us aren’t born with “courage in the blood”, so we need the second category of courage: “courage on demand”. So, to escape the predators, we have to be courageous. And when we are not born with “courage in the blood” and we are face to face with a predator and we want to stay alive, we have to throw away our fear and develop the “courage on demand”. The predators I have raised above might be the difficulties we encounter every day in our life, the challenges at school, the challenges at home, the risk migrants take to cross the ocean, the freedom, and whatever ask for extra efforts or extraordinary efforts from us. So, whether it’s ” courage in the blood” or “courage on demand”, courage to me means going beyond the expectations and making the extra or extraordinary efforts. We need courage in everything we do in our life. Without courage, nothing could be done and especially when we feel down. We need courage to be alive.
Martial Ndanga, Cameroon
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