Defining Courage.

When I first started this project, I thought I knew what courage meant. Courage was something within us that grows as we face challenges and separates the weak from the strong. It was something that not all of us have. Sometimes we may be forced into it, sometimes it would come naturally.


Courage is not some abstract thing inside of us. It is a choice. After I starting sharing my story, I felt that I had finally found my courage. I had arrived. But even know, nine months after I first shared my secret life with a mental illness, I still get nervous about telling new people. I am constantly faced with a choice: be brave or be silent. It is because of the stories shared with me- other people waging secret battles- that I continue to find the inspiration to be brave.

Make the courageous choice- whatever that may be for you. You never know when your courage will inspire someone else. What would this world look like if we all made the courageous choice?

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

3 thoughts on “Defining Courage.

  1. Heather says:

    Love this!

    How you phrased that courage is a choice really puts into perspective how even the most courageous of people are fighting that battle and making that choice every day and that it’s typically not the easiest thing to do.

    Thanks for sharing ❤


  2. butterflymelanie says:

    I love this! It made me think of what Brene Brown said, “The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”‘ Keep telling your heart, beautiful soul. The people who need it are listening!


    • annalisemsinclair says:

      Would you believe that I have never read Brene Brown?! I know I need to but I just haven’t gotten to it. Also, unrelated- but could you ask your life coach friend to call me again? I accidentally deleted her voicemail when I was making room to update my phone!


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