What is Courage?

Everyday, special individuals help make our world a better place by undertaking brave actions that others would not dare to do. Just this week, an amazing heroic action took place in Pakistan, in the Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Aitzaz Hassan, a 15-year-old boy, stopped a suicide bomber from attacking his school by sacrificing his life and tackling him outside of the school gates. His actions saved the school with the approximate 1,000 students inside of it, in exchange for his life. Aitzaz has been awarded the country’s highest award for bravery, to commemorate his gallantry and patriotism.

In the words of Malala Yousafzai, “His bravery must never be forgotten.”

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But what is bravery? Courage; a concept and term that we apply to many situations and throughout our lives. There is no exact definition because it can apply to almost every aspect of our life. Courage is the ability to overcome one’s own fears and do what is necessary. Courage is taking the hard left over the easy and popular right. Courage is taking the first step. As Mark Twain once said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” It is that distinctive quality in extraordinary individuals to do what is right and beneficial, no matter what the cost.

By Ali Badr