For the January 11, 2021 KGUA radio Morning Writer’s Hour, we are asked to free write about a meaningful quote.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher
It must have been my DNA. I was so shy as a kid, as a young adult, and on into my twenties. Pray tell, how’d you ever choose to be a teacher, Dan? Some therapist should be able to unravel that one.
Anyway, I was so worried what others thought about what I did. Courage is what others had, not me. Unfortunately, that lead me to play the role of being the good boy, making no waves since compliance and obedience seemed to work. I don’t recommend it.
Escaping New Jersey for college in Ohio, I thought I could change the script. Nope. But then, when I was so miserable in college, my little voice of courage sat me down for a little heart-to-heart. That conversation led me to transfer as a senior, sight unseen, to Arizona State University.
Following graduation, I stepped up my courage game by just moving to Anaheim, California, again sight unseen, to teach fifth and sixth graders.
And then it got real. Uncle Sam said, Dan your number is up. I want you to fight in Viet Nam. With all the courage I had, I said no. How could I go against my core? I was a conscientious objector.
These decisions got the courage ball rolling. Still pretty shy to this day, I fight through that wall and fake it til I make it. It turns out that courage is with me all the time.
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