What is Courage?



The dictionary defines courage as “the ability to control fear and to be willing to deal with something that is dangerous, difficult or unpleasant”.

I always thought courage meant, to accomplish challenging tasks or heroic acts like scaling Mt. Everest, saving lives of people caught in a natural calamity, performing daredevil stunts or fighting terrorists.

But what I have come to realize is that, in our everyday life all of us exhibit courage at varying levels from seemingly insignificant to real brave ones.

Courage is not the absence of fear but to emerge victorious over it.


Stand up for a cause

Try something out of your comfort zone

Follow your heart

Remain cool when anger burns you

Swim against the tide

Demonstrate a resilient spirit

Walk out of an abusive relationship

Take a stand against a social evil

Own up responsibility for a wrong done

Say No

Steering clear of temptations…..

I am sure there are many more you can add to the above list.

The general perception of people is that, we dismiss such acts as nothing of real significance. But we forget that the cumulative effect of these little feats of courage, goes a long way in boosting our confidence with a sense of accomplishment, when we recognize and acknowledge them.

Can you relate to any of them? Do share and inspire people, as to situations where you have exhibited traits of being courageous.




53 thoughts on “What is Courage?”

  1. When we fear or are anger, then I think courage or anything disappears, but taking a stand and wanting to change and come out of a relationship that is not good is what courage is all about. Lovely and apt words, Radhika. A great picture of a leap that is so required.

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  2. Yo, I love this post. It definitely takes courage to overcome the mountains in our lives. So many of us have it inside of us to do it, but very few of us allow ourselves to access it. But once again I love this post. This was dope.

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