Strength in you

Courage is not only gifted to the few brave ones,

It is something that lies within you,

Where you can draw upon its strength and power,

In times of crisis, fears and decisions.

Courage is not something mysterious or unattainable,

It is something that you can exercise in your daily life choices,

You can let it bring to you

untravelled paths,

And make you more conscious

and aware of your life.

Courage does not have to roar

to be heard,

It does not mean being totally fearless and being invincible,

It could mean taking actions,

taking risks, taking a stand,

Standing up for yourself,

standing by your choices,

And sticking to your dreams

when others jeered.

Courage could be the will to live

in spite of the struggles,

In spite of your fears and phobias, in spite of what others said,

In spite of criticisms and disapproval, in spite of mistakes and failures,

In spite of everything that stands

between you and your dreams.

Courage could mean trying over and over again when you failed,

Admitting that you are sorry when

you are in the wrong,

Saying I love you when

your love is angry,

Having a baby when the idea of

being a parent scared you,

Listening to your heart when others called you a fool,

Following your dreams even when

others discouraged you,

And staying true to yourself when

others want you in another way.

Hold steadfast to your dreams, your heart and yourself,

And courage will not abandon you,

But follows you whenever you

choose to go. — Fion Lim