"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave person is not they who does not feel afraid, but they who conquers that fear."
- Nelson Mandela
It's been said that I live courageously, but I've always struggled with that idea. While I don't necessarily see myself as brave, I've come to accept that perception of me. Truth be told, I still experience fear often enough to feel paralyzed on some days. My emotions run deep, and I worry that if I let myself cry, I'll never stop.
Life moves forward, like a clock that never turns back. While there are moments in my past I wouldn't want to revisit, I understand that everything I've been through is part of who I am today. I've made plenty of mistakes, some of them without fear, but I know now that recklessness isn't courage. In the past, I lived life without attention to detail, relying on others to take care of those aspects for me. But now, at this point in my life, everything catches up to me, and I'm paying the price.
Traveling has helped me reinvent myself and discover new truths about who I really am. I'm still trying to understand how others perceive me, as I've been told I have a certain "je ne sais quoi" that's hard to put into words. But I know that the old me is gone, and I'm working hard to discover and accept the attributes that I should keep. It's not something that can be summarized in a list; it's a deep and intense process that requires self-reflection and honesty.
Despite my uncertainties, there are a few things I'm sure of. I know that I'm here to spread a message of acceptance, and I've been blessed with the opportunity to do so. I know that the road ahead will be difficult, but I'm prepared to face it. I'm also certain that leadership is a challenging calling, but I'm grateful for the knowledge and experiences that have prepared me for it.
Ultimately, I'm here to serve others, and I hope that my work and these posts can be of help to you.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou