I looked up the meaning of courage.

It states, “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear, bravery.”- courage. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved May 18, 2017 from website

I have to disagree with this.

Courage is facing difficulty and having fear but doing it anyway.

Some of the things that I have done, I was still scared when I did them.  For example, when I moved to Hawaii for work, I still didn’t have a place to stay.  I wanted to see the apartment first before I signed the lease.  I didn’t like the apartment and so I had to stay in the hotel until I got another apartment.  I ended up staying in the hotel for a month.  I was nervous staying at the hotel because it was so expensive and I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay there for 6 months.  I found an apartment eventually.

When I went para-sailing for the first time, I was nervous and excited.

I was scared to become a travel nurse, but I did it anyway.  I wanted to be a travel nurse.

I was scared to do my first poetry reading, but I did it anyway.

I was scared to do things by myself.  That led me to not going on vacation for 9 years.  I went zip-lining, whale watching, horse back riding, and traveling by myself.

The key to having courage is to freak out and do it anyway or being scared and doing it anyway.

I don’t regret any of the things that I have done that I was scared to do at first.

I was scared to take the steps to make myself a better version of myself.  I was nervous and scared to try new foods.  I’m still scared to try bell peppers.  There are still some sitting in my refrigerator.

I’m still scared to learn how to swim.  I paid for swimming lessons in Hawaii and only went to one lesson.  I know the reason that I’m scared but I’m still having problems getting over it.

Some people have called me courageous.  I do know that I am but if they could hear the conversations that I have with my life coach, then they would know that I still get scared to do things.  Almost every body has something that they fear.

What would happen if you did something that you wanted to do but were always scared to do?  Think of how you would feel when you finally did that thing.  I bet that you would feel proud of yourself, just like I did.

Now I know that when something scares me, I need to do it anyway.

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