True Courage

Something I wrote almost two years ago to the day on another site and wanted it on here as well:

January 9, 2016

In the past week I have learned on a much deeper level that true courage doesn’t look “tough”. Courage isn’t anger or fear but the ability to be vulnerable despite those qualities. We so often look for people in our lives that will protect our hearts and find that the people we think care the most actually spend most of their time holding up walls around their hearts instead because “toughness” and the “I don’t need anyone” attitude is just a facade to hide their fear.

What does real courage look like? The absence of judgement of others, the ability to take responsibility for their own actions and not blame others, the absence of playing the victim, the ability to apologize and forgive and recognizing that it is a choice and not a fluffy feeling from Hallmark, and the willingness to be humble when we need to be.

That is what I want in my life. Don’t you?

About Gretchen McIntire (formerly Leary)

I am 34 years old, I live in the Raleigh area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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1 Response to True Courage

  1. Renee Espriu says:

    So very true Gretchen. Thank you for sharing!

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