Lessons of Courage and Fear
by B - 16 year old female
In my life I’ve known Courage.
We met when I was 16.
Nowadays Courage is being able to say what I’m going through.
I find Courage when I need to stand up for myself.
In my life I’ve known Fear.
We met when I was 10.
These days Fear is when I had to put my clothes back on.
Fear finds me when I was alone –
I was home alone.
I’ve learned that Courage and Fear are different –
When courage tells me to be brave and not surrender.
Fear says “Man, they just caught another sexual offender.”
Usually I listen to Fear.
But Fear always finds its way in my brain.
I wish that Fear didn’t sweet talk me or intimidate me.
I wish Courage would yell for help and help me out.