The Intoxication of Courage

This is one of my MOST favourite quotes.

Maya Angelou quote


Because I used to be a coward.

Because I used to think I could never make any money as a writer.  So I never took any chances.

Because every voice that ever said I couldn't do it whether well-meaning or malicious got memorized.

Just in case I started to feel brave...or get any ideas.

They'd whisper their second-hand doubts and I would slowly bow under the weight of insecurities too numerous to list.

Coward.

But admiring-courage-from-afar-girl slowly grew a backbone.  One vertebra at a time.  It took years.

Then the most precarious moment of all - launching this website.  Asking for money in exchange for my words.  Guess what?  The world didn't implode!  Instead, I got customers.

I'm still writing - in fact, I can't stop!

And I'm earning money doing the thing my heart has ached to do since the first shaky letters emerged from the tip of that fat red pencil they give you in kindergarten.

Coward no more?  It's a work in progress.  Spiders still make me squeal in the most undignified manner.   I think it's the legs, or the webs or the fact that they bite.  Still working on that fear.

But the writing?  I'm making bigger and bolder strokes with this pen every day.  Loving every irreverent, thought-provoking word that splashes across the page.  And just as in love with the humbler, more gracious ones that spill out too.

A little bit of courage is addictive.  I can't wait to see what I dare to do next.

This article has also been published on The Coffeelicious over on Medium.


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