What Is Courage

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Courage, also known as bravery, will, intrepidity, and fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. "Physical courage" is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death, while "moral courage" is the courage to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. To have courage means to stand up for both yourself and other people, to ignore the people who bother you and to love the people that love You. Courage also means to have inner strength and confidence. I am adopted and have different color skin than my parents. Kids make fun of me because my family looks different from theirs. I had courage to ignore the people who made fun of my parents and me. I am proud of who I am. I was born in Gondar, Ethiopia. My birth parents were very young. My birth mother was 15. Therefore, they put me in an orphanage. A Caucasian couple came and adopted me when I was just a year old. They brought me to the United States, and that became my new home. At the Josiah Quincy Elementary School, people kept asking me why I was adopted. The kids made fun of me because I was adopted and had white parents. They said stuff that was so wrong, mean, horrible, and disrespectful. When kids made fun of me, it hurt my feelings. I felt sad and angry. The kids made me feel horrible; they were rotten to me and rotten to my family. When I got angry, I sometimes felt like punching them so hard, but as Martin Luther King said, "Learn to love your enemies." Therefore, I was kind and gentle. When the kids played games and I asked if I could play they would say "No" just because of how my family looks. I felt very left out. I sometimes felt afraid that I was not going to have any friends just because I was adopted. I told the kids that made fun of me why I was adopted and why I had white parents. They still did not understand. They kept on taunting me. I got sick to my stomach listening to them. Every day...
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