Finding the Courage To Be You!

Finding the courage to be yourself is not as easy as it sounds especially with all the forces against you. No I am not talking about the StarWars forces of darkness and light. I am talking about the pressure from family, friends, teachers, and others who see a future for you that you have not imagined. 

Yesterday, as I watched the new movie, Ferdinand the Bull, I was reminded how we, parents, want the best for our kids, so we set goals for them when they are young. Just like Ferdinand's dad expected him to be the best bull selected by the matador when he was full grown, we parents decide when our kids are born that they will be the best lawyer, the best doctor, the best butcher, baker or candlestick maker. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for you--our kids, but it has to be what YOU want as well. That's where courage comes in.

As you grow older, you become interested in hundreds if not thousands of things. Life, as we say, is a journey, and it is up to you to journey well. If you discover you love medicine, but your family wants you to program computers, talk to them. Ask them to help you explore the possibilities of both careers. It's not always easy to speak your mind to parents, but you can find the courage to speak up. 

Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens you, and speaking up or keeping your own goals can be frightening. But, courage can also be rewarding. Throughout your life, you will need to find the ability within you to do things that are scary. Walking into a new class for the first time can be scary. So can getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time, or asking someone to a movie. But confiding in your parents about the career you would like to have should not be scary. So no matter what it is--find the courage to be you. After all, you are unique and the future is in your hands.

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