Courage is not something you just get with the flick of a finger. It is an emotion driven response to imminent harm or danger. It is a representation of the ‘Fight’ in the Fight or Flight mode of humans. Most times when courage happens it is not something thought about to be honest. But with good practice, it can become something second nature.

I believe courage comes from fear and determination. When you are afraid you feel backed into a corner. So your natural reaction is to either fight back or run. If you fight that is courage, if you run that is you being a coward.

Yes, I know the strong denotation there but being a coward can be very smart considering the situation. Courage will put you at risk and more danger for the sake of avoiding the worst scenario. Quick thinking will tell you if it will be better to run or stay and fight. Fear also makes you understand your life is of importance hence you will try your best to win the challenge with the least harm to yourself. This separates it from sacrifice.

Now determination is where you mentally weigh the odds against you and look towards the goal at hand. This is important with being courageous, as many people falter because mentally they are not built to risking their lives much less laying it down for others. Where most people get selfish and run away just as easily, with determination you set in your mind the target and the plan you need to do to succeed.

That is courage in a nutshell. So courage is a complicated process of using your fear and your own determination. Courage is not about saving yourself or someone else. It is your fear of what might happen if you do not act and your determination to act knowing the consequences.

So tell me have you ever been courageous?

David Shaw is a certified nerd and scum of the earth. Jamaican by birth, he enjoys long walks and the simple things in life. He is also an entrepreneur, writer and graphic designer. Support him on Patreon Check out his work on his website or follow his mundane madness on twitter @davidcs_aw, google, pinterest


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