According to the dictionary, courage is a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. In the July issue of Beautifully Said, Maya Angelou described courage as the “most important of all the virtues because without courage you cannot practice any other virtue consistently…kind, fair, true, generous, loving…” Additionally I recently saw the movie The Help, I know I’m late, but I realized the whole movie was about having the courage to do something no one was willing to do- expose the truth.

With all of this happening within a couple of days for me, I begin to look at my own courage. Where  does my courage come from? Why is this message so strong for me? I’ve learned that courage lies within – from an inner faith and belief that anything is possible. This message is strong for me because I decided to be courageous and explore greater opportunities and possibilities. I’ve decided to change the mindset that tells me I can’t fulfill my dreams because it’s too late. It’s never too late! Time doesn’t dictate when things can be accomplished, only you can. Just because the world says you can’t do something, doesn’t mean that you actually can’t. Sometimes we need to look within ourselves and develop the courage to be ourselves. You can only be you and no one else. Sometimes life telling us we can’t do something might actually be a little push to make us do what we’ve been hesitant to do.

Take a leap of faith and create the changes in your life that you’ve wanted for so long. Make a move you never thought you could. Start a new career or go back to school. Do something that dares to be different from before. That is courage. The ability to change the way you have always done things, regardless of what others say or think, in order to make your life better. As long as you remember that no one can live your life for you, nor do they know what’s best for you. I’m continually reminded of the phrase that “you can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting the different results.” How true is this?! When have you ever thought If only I can do something different. OR Why is my situation still the same after all this time. You may know the answer but are too afraid to step out and do what needs to be done. Be Courageous! Take the next step needed to help you be a better person for yourself first, then for everyone else around you. Have the courage to speak what’s been on your mind, but didn’t say it because someone told you it shouldn’t be said. Have the courage to start a new career that will make you happier than you’ve ever felt regardless of what happens next. Remember a way will always be made and everything will work out. Simply put, have the courage to be you. Not the you that other people want to see, but the you that makes the world happier because you’re in it.