Courage is defined simply as "the ability to conquer fear and despair," but the word speaks to so much more within us. We wonder if we have the courage to stand up for what we believe in, or to take responsibility for our actions.
We all hope that we'll never have to be courageous; for to be courageous insinuates that we have met something we need to rise above.
I can't speak much to courage in my own life, because I've led a life where there is little fear or despair. I've risen to meet some challenges in my life, and often beaten them. I can only hope that courage is an ideal, rather than an actual occurrence.
Some of the things I've done can be considered courageous: I've given blood, I've beaten injury and skilled opponents, and I've stood up to my friends when they had bad ideas or were on the verge of making a bad choice. But when it boils down, I'm not sure that I consider them courageous myself, though others view them that way.
Perhaps I see these "courageous" things as "necessary", and thus I don't think about them in the same light others do. I'm not sure.
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