Kids: Be The Courageous You!

When you see a picture of a knight fighting a dragon do you think, "Now that's courage?"Depending on the circumstances, you may be right. But what is courage really? And, do you have to be a knight in shinning armor before you can be courageous? The answer is "NO!" 

Courage is the ability to do something even though it scares you. It's being bold, brave, and determined to face a situation that might make your knees shake and your palms sweat. Courage is that part of your mind and heart that says, "I have to do this," and it takes all forms.

I see kids just like you show their courage every day. There are kids who stand up for a friend when another kid tries to be the bully. There are kids who know when to back down from a fight. There are kids who know words cannot hurt. There are kids who raise their hand in class even though the thought of answering in front of their peers makes their stomach queasy. There are kids who walk up to the new kid and introduce themselves. There are kids who fight for an education even though the law of their country says girls cannot go to school. There are kids who work before or after school to help their families out financially. There are kids who use their grief at losing a loved one to help someone else in the same circumstance. There are kids who face a debilitating illness like Type 1 diabetes head on. There are kids who are starving, but share their only sandwich with another kid who has less than they do. 

I could go on and on. There are literally as many forms of courage as there are kids. So what's my point?

Here it is. 

Every single one of you has the grit to face your fears, pain, illness, bullies,  or fears. I know the word "grit" is an old term, but look it up, you'll see your picture next to the definition.

So, kids, be the courageous you! Use that courage to face those difficult situations. You can make this world a better place.

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