April: Courage

This month’s focus will be on courage. Merriam-Webster defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. What does courage mean to you? For me personally, courage means to be fearless and secure. I believe something as simple as waking up and venturing out into the unknown every day is a courageous act. I think it takes a lot of courage to wake up and venture into the unknown every day. We never know what life may bring us good or bad, but taking that chance is a huge leap of faith.

To me courage also means conquering your fears whether that means getting over your fear of heights, bugs or public speaking. Sometimes it can get a little deeper such as having the courage to hold yourself accountable and others accountable for their actions. Also, it may mean having to face ugly truths instead of avoiding them. Within the past couple of months, I have pushed myself to be more courageous by being more vocal about how I am feeling, having those uncomfortable, but necessary conversations and putting myself out there in a positive way in order to better myself as well as the people I care about.

Throughout my adulthood, I have realized that it takes courage to admit failures, be transparent and be my true self. It is always hard in the beginning but pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone every day has been the most rewarding thing I have done. Simply setting my focus on the bigger picture is what keeps me getting and helps me brush my fears aside so that I can persevere.

How can you be more courageous?

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