Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.- Maya Angelou
Just yesterday I was watching the show “The Bravest Girl in The World’ On CNN about young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Malala became a global sensation after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to education for girls which the armed group had prohibited. Malala’s story is extra ordinary and listening to her is truly inspiring. It got me thinking on why some people achieve or follow their dreams and some don’t.
Malala started campaigning for girl child education since she was in 11. After the Taliban took over her town and proclaimed that every girl should not go to school, Malala continued to campaign for education for girls. It made her an instant target for the Taliban. One fateful day while she was in her school bus going to school, a man shot her point blank in the head. It was a miracle he survived after many surgeries in Pakistan and in the UK.
Since then, the whole world has risen to support Malala’s campaign. She was recently awarded the Sakharov human right prize by the European Union and many expected her to win the Nobel Peace Prize which later went to the OPCW, the body overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons gained the coveted prize in Oslo on Friday.
The way Malala has conducted herself since being shot is truly inspirational. She could have cowered away, hidden from the world – but she has come out stronger. This courage in the face of death from the Taliban has drawn the whole world’s attention to Malala’s message and her cause is gaining world wide acclaim as she continues to wow audiences and talk show host across the world.
We could say Malala is following her dreams right now.She is in the phase every activist hopes to find themselves one day.The whole world is talking about her cause. Just Sixteen,she has already being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and hopes to become Prime Minister of Pakistan someday.
I was moved by Malala’s story while listening to her I began to wonder how come she has so much courage and how come a lot of us don’t get that level of courage? Is courage something in-born or can it be taught?
So how does Malala’s courage apply to everyone else in the world who want to pursue their dreams? We can not all hope to be shot in the head by dangerous men for us to have the courage to follow our dreams neither should we hope to create some artificial sympathy from the world before our message can be heard. Malala started living her dreams before the attack and the attack only gave more momentum to a train that was already in motion.
One thing is for sure, you never know how courageous you are or can be until courage is your only option.