Courage can simply be defined as “having strength in the face of pain and grief”. Courage is also the ability to act on one’s beliefs, despite danger of disapproval. Courage really helps us, individuals, to act against those who threaten us or who treat us badly.
This message is for all those out there who have faced or are facing difficulties, who are afraid or don’t know how to stand up for themselves. In order to stand up for yourself, you have to be able to believe in yourself and be stable.
There are different types of courage, namely: physical courage and moral courage. Physical courage is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, death or the threat of death. Moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of opposition in a public space, shame, etc.
As an African girl, I have faced racism because of my skin color in school. I am sometimes called “black girl”, but I defend myself and I tell my parents. They say: “Don’t worry about them, just focus on your studies!”. Everyone needs to have courage to face whatever happens to their life, to be a good listener and also have an open mind. Sometimes, we have to be brave and take some risks in life, to get out there, to improve our prospects.
Don’t give up, never give up!
* This article has been published in issue #17 of “Migratory Birds” newspaper, which was released as an annex with “Efimerida ton Syntakton” newspaper (Newspaper of the Editors) on March 14th 2020.