Today I was thinking about the nature of strength and courage. Both are things we need to make it through this life but there are definitely differences between the two. I read a poem that highlights this, there were two portions that really stuck out to me:
“It takes strength to survive, but it takes courage to live. It takes strength to love, but it takes courage to be loved.”
Up until this point, I’ve been operating on strength alone–building my strength again. I wrote about this a long time ago, but after my divorce I found myself at the weakest point in my life. I was weak both physically and mentally and it has taken me all this time, and experiences, to rebuild and test my strength. However, now, it’s time to work on rebuilding my courage. It’s not enough to merely survive, I want to live. It’s not enough to merely love, I want to be loved. Without courage, neither of these things are possible.
I love Woolf, so I’ll end this post with her words,
“This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.”