Topics: Person, People, Courage Pages: 3 (762 words) Published: March 6, 2015
Quynh Tran
27 Feb 2015
The root of the word courage is the Latin word cor, meaning heart. As a child, I was told a lot of stories about courage. Firefighters, policemen, and soldiers who did dangerous tasks were courageous persons. I understood courage was a gift that God granted them when they were born to be super heroes. Over time, this definition has changed. I realized that courage is not something we have or don’t have. It’s something we practice. Courage is someone who conquer themselves to overcome the fear. They have to be strong and think in a positive way. Being a courageous person proves that you are motivated to be the best you can be.

I’m a shy person, and it prevents me from talking to new people or in front of the crowd. I remember last semester I had a presentation for “the instruction to theater” class. I had to talk about a play that I liked. Before the presentation, I had been so scared. I didn’t know what to do because I had never talked in front of a lot of strange people. I was going to quit it, but then I thought supposing that I could elude this time, so how about the other times? There would be a lot of upcoming times I had to talk in front of people. Could I elude forever? Would I be successful in my life if I kept hiding in my shell? On the date of the presentation, at the beginning, I was shaking, and my heart was beating fast. I couldn’t remember what to say first. Then I had to calm myself by imagining no one was in front of me and try to recollect what I had prepared. Finally, I finished my presentation. I didn’t get the highest grade, but I tried my best. Moreover, more importantly, I ultimately did a thing which I had always been afraid of earlier. I was proud of myself because I was courageous to overcome my fear.

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