If there is any creature I wish my courage could match, it would be a dragon (mythical-y speaking, of course.)
I’ve said it before, how I admire courage for all it’s worth, and it’s worth a lot.
But today, just now, I was analyzing just how MUCH courage it takes to live our daily lives. Even the simplest decisions we make takes more courage than any of us realize we possess. So why not take it a step further?
If we can understand ourselves, and understand our potential- and more importantly, believe in our potential- we can stand on top of the world and be proud to call ourselves Humans.
It takes strength to stand above a petty argument and realize the truth behind it, that perhaps somebody is arguing because they feel insecure, unsafe, unloved.
It takes strength to get up in the mornings to face your bosses, or coworkers, or teachers, or somebody else who may not appreciate you, may treat you awfully, may not respect you as a human being.
It takes strength to go to bed knowing that you’ll just do the same the next day.
Deadlines and deals, early mornings and late nights, trying to push aside unhealthy habits and take up something healthier.
But most of all, it takes courage…
To fall in love.
Or, rather, to admit it when you have.
Legit or not, reciprocated or not- it takes courage to tell somebody how you feel.
I would venture to guess that most everyone knows the feeling. The butterflies in the tummy, the euphoric thoughts, doing and saying things you never in a million years thought you would. When their smile (or glance) can change your life.
And you’re terrified. Because what if they don’t reciprocate? What if they outright loathe you? (Rarely is this true). What if they’ve been sending you “go away” signals and you haven’t noticed?
For as much as you eagerly await their next text, you dread what it may say. The fragile moment in time where you are both feeling the same nervousness and don’t have the guts to take the next step and just say it. Say you like them, say you love them, say you care about them. That takes courage, trust me. Because no matter how hard you try, you cannot dictate the emotions of others (although how much more simple would life be if we could, huh?)
But I can promise you this. No matter what, it’s worth the risk to admit your feelings before it’s too late. Better to be rejected for the truth than accepted for a lie, and the truth is, if you’re rejected for the truth- that person didn’t deserve the truth to begin with.
And I’m not just talking about romantic relationships either. Anyone you love, tell them. Think of how wonderful it would feel if somebody said it to you? Say it to someone you love. The feeling you get when you’re told, or tell someone that you love them, is worth the thousand nerves it takes to say it. Just say it. You won’t regret it.
And THAT, my friends, is Dragon Courage.
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