Some Thoughts on Courage and Authenticity

children hands heartHey friends! So I have been thinking about one thing a lot recently: courage. I have always been given the label as courageous, which I found to be interesting. When I was in middle school our school motto was “wisdom, courage, and integrity” and when I graduated (from grade 9 haha) I was given the title of courage.

What does it really mean to be courageous and live a courageous life? What makes one person more courageous than another? I try to live my life to the best of my ability, and sometimes I take a little courage out of my back pocket to help me through tough times. But what about that is special? Don’t we all have difficult times in our lives? Don’t we all need courage? I don’t feel like I am any different than anyone else…okay well sometimes I do when I have accidents. I just feel like I am going through the motions of life, working through what I want and how I can ultimately get there, despite some of my limitations.

I have learned to surround myself with people who love and support me, and are strong pillars to lean on when I need that extra support. That has helped me get through so much, you probably know yourself!

So what is my definition of courage? I would say that it is having the ability to ask for help when you need it, and to stand strong in your own truth. I think it also takes courage to own your own truth, whatever it may be. Maybe you are reading this and you don’t have epilepsy, but you have your own truth that can be hard to own. Sometimes it is hard to own my truth of having epilepsy, but it’s not a death sentence. It’s challenging, but I have 64 million other people in the world who own that truth too.

Perhaps Courage overlaps a bit with authenticity. It takes courage to say “Hey, this is me. This is my story.”

This has been a bit of a muddle of thoughts but what are your thoughts on courage and owning your own story? Is it hard? Easy? Expected? You tell me!

Love you lots xox

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3 thoughts on “Some Thoughts on Courage and Authenticity”

  1. Great post! Sometimes, it’s so easy to be a warrior and own my truth, and other times it can be the hardest thing in the world to keep going and fighting to have the best life I possibly can. I think that’s just the way life goes… There are ups and downs, but we have to make a conscious decision to either: take what life throws at us OR throw life a curve ball and say,”I’ve got this, and nothing is going to hold me back.”

    I think we all possess courage, but we all show it differently. Some by small gestures, others on a grand scale, such as fighting against civil injustices… But to fight your own fight, that is the biggest sign of courage there is, because being labeled as “broken” and still loving yourself… Well, it takes a lot of courage to love yourself, flaws and all.

    1. Absolutely! It definitely takes courage to own all of your flaws and love who you are, no matter what. I agree, some days I am a warrior and have no problems owning my story, and other days it is a struggle. Just the ebb and flow of life. Also: thank you for sharing my post on your page!

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