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I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.- Atticus Finch

– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorite books as a child, it was a story of courage in the face of stark opposition. In this quote from the book, Atticus, one of the books protagonists, is explaining his definition of true courage. While I fully agree with the quote, I consider courage to be more than just continuing when the odds are stacked against you. Courage is pressing on in spite of uncertainty, courage is standing firm for your beliefs or convictions no matter who is coming against you. Courage is more than just fighting when you feel you are beaten, courage is fighting to win even when you are outnumbered. I am inspired to write this post today because my younger brother is currently in the hospital fighting courageously against an illness that I know he will defeat. It is never easy seeing a loved one go through pain, but I know by the grace of God, that he will be fully healed of his sickness. I dedicate this post to every person who ever has or ever will fight against an illness. As long as you are willing to fight, you will get better, just be courageous and never give up.