I am still translating my first articles into English. And my second article was about courage. So here we go…
I wrote about this topic because of a quote from Freiherr von Knigge, and what he thought was needed for traveling. Courage was one of these things.
Before I could write about courage, I obviously had to find out what courage means to me.
I tried tot hink of a situation where I was brave. But mostly I could only think of situations where I wish now I had been more brave.
The courage to not only observe but to open my mouth and speak my mind.
To me, courage is to meet a challenge but also tob e able to accept a situation. Courage is maybe also to stand up for yourself and your opinion even though the rest oft he world seems to be against you.
Courage is not the absense of fear, but it ist he ability to put something over your fear.
But the most difficult question for me wasto find out, when exactly something is brave and when it is stupid.
It is a well-known fact, that those two things are very close.
Until this day, I ask myself if it was brave to drink the „fresh“ milk from a couple of days ago ( that stood in the uzbek heat forever) or if it was just stupid…
Was it stupid or brave to move to a third world country as a young, and alone travelling woman that didn’t even speak the language of this country…?
There are so many examples where I still don’t know if courage, stupidity or good old insanity made me do things like drinking obviously rotten milk.
By the way, I only drank the milk because the Uzbeks were drinking them as well.
After not being able to find an answer to my question, what courage is, I was so desperate that I asked the bartender/waiter called Josh to help me.
The café called „Eastwood“ I was sitting in was completely empty, so he had time, and I asked him to tell me stories about courage.
He articulated my feelings very well, by stuttering and saying some random headwords without adding an explanation to them. He was s clueless as I was- if not even a little more.
Finally, he gave up trying.
But we agreed on one thing: Standing up for oneself and being self-confident requires some courage (e.g.: outing).
It’s not exactly outstanding or exciting news about courage-but better than nothing.
Still I didn’t want to give up and tried to think of something. I mean how hard can it be?
After hours of senseless brainstorming I gave up.
So I looked for some good quotes about courage ( someone smart must have said something good, right?).However, I found three that I really liked.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but who conquers that fear.”
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
“Faced with what is right , to leave undone shows a lack of courage.”
So my next article is about humor-one of the most important things you need to survive some trips.
Until then, have a good night!
And if you have better ideas or definitions for courage, please write in the comments below!:)