I read something not too long ago that said fear is a reaction but courage is a decision. I agree with this statement because I think that fear can sometimes be an emotion we can’t avoid. I daresay that every human being at some point in his or her life has experienced some genuine fear. Fear can also be a state of mind. We all know someone who operates under the umbrella of “what if?” They put their life on pause and continually worry about what needs to be done and what could possible happen to derail their plans. Courage on the other hand, takes a lot of guts. I don’t think that genuine courage comes easy. I think that it comes with time and with some experience. Courage to go against the norm and to pursue something different is rare these days. I think that it’s so easy to be swept away into the “group think” mentality and to forget how important it is to have courage and to try something new. Take the time to do something courageous that you’ve never done before. Get in the habit of facing your fears–not because it’s fun, but because it will help you to grow as a person.