The Courage to Make a Difference
I would like to talk about what the word courage means to me. When I hear the word courage, the first thing that comes to my mind is to “stand up” for what you believe even if it means you are the only one who believes in what you want to achieve. Without courage, people lose their visions and their dreams ends up dying. I think to be able to follow your dream one has to be courageous. You have to believe in yourself. Let the world see that you believe in what you want to do and then you follow your dreams. As children, sometimes we fear doing the right thing, because we do not want to be singled out or talked about.
I am in the IB program in school. Our teachers taught us that courage is like “being a risk taker”. We may not know what will happen once we make that decision to do something, but we should not be afraid to take a risk, because it is in taking that risk that you learn what is right or wrong. When you take a risk, you learn many things along the way that help you.
There are many times in my life that I had to be courageous to make a decision. One of those times was when I had to launch a project called “No Backpack Day”. I challenged children to go to school for a day without their backpacks to raise awareness about the number of kids around the globe who go to school every day without a backpack. At first I was nervous that a lot of the kids would not support me, but I knew that in order for other people to know about it and help, I had to take a risk and launch this project.
Since this project started, close to 30 schools have participated in this project and more than 5000 backpacks filled with school supplies have been donated and distributed to kids who do not have a backpack.
My advice that I would give other children is that, they too should always stand for what they believe. They should follow their dreams and do not let fear stop them.by