Courageous people…

…are genuine at all times…inspire us to do more…provide truthful explanations for their actions while taking responsibility…show compassion…ask thoughtful questions even at the most difficult of moments…understand which boundaries they should maintain and which ones they should transgress…rethink their current approach…believe in a myriad of possibilities…fight like hell to uplift the human condition…demonstrate their gratitude…know who they are and what they want…defend the defenseless…change their mindset and behavior when necessary…acknowledge their flaws and own their mistakes…resist in strategic ways…lean into their fears…effectively communicate their needs…build an extraordinary life predicated upon integrity…are willing to express their feelings…have patience for others…work hard to achieve their goals…never speak in platitudes…invent and innovate in an effort to advance our civilization…believe in the ideas of justice and equality for all beings…are direct…explore all of their options…speak out…reflect upon the choices they make…grasp how ecosystems are delicate and interconnected…are composed of substance…take risks…challenge institutions…listen to others and attempt to understand them…call out those who are disingenuous…know what they won’t settle for in their own life…walk nontraditional paths even when that means walking alone…self-examine…don’t submit to the manipulation of other people…champion ideas that will change the world for the better…never trade in empty social niceties…embrace their own vulnerability…protest in an effort to illuminate…admit their faults…and love their partner deeply.  I believe that we all have courage within us.

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