Frodo: I know what I must do, it’s just that… I’m afraid to do it.
Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
Courage. The choice to face the scary, the sad, the painful. To overcome the worries and fears that nibble on your sleep at night, leaving you tossing and turning between the sheets. Strength in the face of pain or grief.
Courage isn’t always big or showy, it can be, but sometimes the smallest choices we make show more courage than any knight in shining armour ever could. Courage is found when we make those hard decisions, and handle the consequences with grace and dignity.
Facing anxiety. Having depression and going to class. Being emotionally vulnerable with others. Standing up for yourself.
You might not be carrying the One Ring to Mordor, but we all have circumstances that require the same courage. And we all have the capacity to face these things in our lives with strength.
Arwen: Why do you fear the past? You are Isildur’s heir, not Isildur himself. You are not bound to his fate.
Aragorn: The same blood flows in my veins. The same weakness.
Arwen: Your time will come. You will face the same evil and you will defeat it.
Whenever you have the option of facing your fear, do it. Talk to that girl in your class, let your friends know how you’re feeling, don’t let others tell you how to live your life. Eventually, it will get better and soon you will have something else to face. Fear will never be gone from your life, but the things you are afraid of don’t have to stay the same.
Go grab your armour and your sword, and this weekend, do something different, something that makes you uncomfortable. Because it’s only outside of your comfort zone that true growth happens.
Good luck, and godspeed!