Something that’s changed drastically for me over the past few years has been my definition of courage.

I used to equate courage as limited to the (seemingly) outwardly strong people: the people who lived life on the edge, who weren’t afraid to speak their mind, who would take a lot of risks, who lead large masses of people and start huge movements.

Courage can indeed be all of those things, but I’ve learned that it can look differently as well.

Courage can also be seen in more meeker forms. It can be seen in admitting your mistakes, saying you’re sorry, letting people know you need help, being honest with your emotions, being vulnerable.

Courage to me is to choose to do the harder thing.

Courage is not drinking ten shots because your buddies are peer pressuring you to do it, it’s being able to tell the dudes “nah, man, I’m good.” Anyone can fall into peer pressure, not many can stand up against it.

Courage is not suppressing emotions that make you feel weak, it’s being able to sit in the emotions and feel them through.

Courage is not telling someone off during a conflict and blame-shifting, it’s slowing down and looking at the conflict in a bigger picture and being able to see your faults as well.

Redefining what I think about courage…

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