(16.2) Courage: Best Foot Forward

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Social Courage

If I’m being honest, this terrifies me more than physical courage at times. It can spike up that anxiety fast, but on the brighter side, I’m definitely a lot better at this kind of stuff compared to a couple of years ago.

For some people they’re a natural when it comes to social situations, some people even get charged in social situations. However for me, it takes a lot for me to open up, and I’m naturally a shy person who likes to keep to myself. So things like parties, social events, and networking are definitely an uphill struggle.

I worry whether I’m interesting to talk to, if I can keep up with a conversation, what if I offend someone, what I totally screw up an interaction that will ruin any chances of my career flourishing? Yeah, it gets extreme fast, but the fear is there and it’s real. So you can imagine the struggle of just getting myself to the event, let alone work up the courage to actually talk to someone.

But every time I go I experience the same kind of pattern.

There’s an event, I think I should go, I kind of don’t want to go, I force myself to go anyway, I feel extremely awkward, I talk to someone, I have a decent time, I actually enjoy myself a little bit, I go home.

Though it still makes me nervous to engage in social events, I know at least if I go it won’t be the end of the world. Plus I know I have enough tack not to accidentally offend somebody.

But those who also share a similar struggle, kudos to you for making the effort, it takes a lot of courage to even just walk to the dang place, and bonus if you go alone! It’s not easy, but things will get better with repetition! You got this!

That’s all for today, see you tomorrow!

(16.1) Courage: The View Up There

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Get ready for a week of courage!

Courage is the ability to do something despite it frightening you, and if you look at it there are so many types of courage people face every day from physical courage, social courage, the courage to be your authentic self, intellectual courage, and so much more. So to really scope out all that courage has to offer I decided to make a comic for every day this week.

Yes, this took an insane amount of time.

But it was worth it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So for the meantime enjoy them, and I hope they inspire you or at least hit you right in the feel good!

Physical courage is a more obvious one. It deals with physical things you’re scared of. A couple of things that terrify me are insects, the ocean, and a major one is heights.

This comic was inspired from the time I vacationed in the Philippines. After this long winding hike, there was this observation deck with the steepest ladder. Nothing about that ladder screamed safety to me. But I knew up there was a sight I would probably never get the chance to experience again, so I pushed through.

I was terrified, my heart was beating, and I had a death grip on those railings. At one point my legs refused to go up any further. Like I knew I was afraid of heights before this, but at that moment it reinforced how scared of heights I actually was.

But if I didn’t reach the top I knew I would regret it, and I’m so glad I overcame that fear because that reward was far greater than any fear I had. The view was truly beautiful.

Well, that’s all for today, see you tomorrow!

 

(17) Indifference

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Indifference is the lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.

It’s something we all experience at different points in our lives.

We all face through our own struggles and sometimes we have too much on our own plate that everything else gets placed on the back burner, and in the worst-case scenario, eventually, we no longer care and give up.

Honestly, to be indifferent is a terrifying feeling. To completely lose interest in the things that were once important to us is awful. I want to be excited about life. I want to be able to look forward to my future. I want to see myself succeed and be happy. To completely lose motivation for all of these things is terrifying. And it’s amazing how quickly that nonchalant feeling can creep up on you.

If you’re expecting any of kind of advice to handle indifference, I don’t have any, I’m no expert. It affects everyone differently. But if I did have to say something for myself, I would say is try to find something so great that it will cancel out any kind of negative emotion. My desire to see myself succeed and be happy overpowers any kind of roadblock I face. Believe me, that is definitely easier said than done, but it’s what keeps me going and pushes me back on track. But it’ll be different for everyone, so all I can say is do your best to focus on what want in life. As long as the end goal is solid, you can take any method to get there.

For this illustration, while brainstorming I quickly found out that indifference opens a lot of doors in terms of interpretation. But I believe one way to view indifference is that it’s the act of turning your back to anything that could possibly better your quality of life, and choose to completely emerge yourself in the obscurity and negativity that plagues your mind.

The post played quite the low tune, but then again every high we experience in life we’re bound to come across a low one every now than then, and that’s perfectly fine!

Well, that’s all for now!

Until next time!