I never understood the importance of being courageous until a few years ago. I was going through a ‘rough patch’ and had to find the strength and motivation to carry on in the face of adversity. Looking back, I recognise that it was my courage that kept me going.

While I’ve never been much of a talker, I found my ‘voice’ by tweeting. Bit by bit, I’m finding my voice with a big V and as I said to my dad while we had one of our increasingly frequent video calls last night, my courage is a moral one. I don’t like the sound of my voice as much as others, so when I speak it’s because I feel I have something worth saying. Needless to say, not everyone agrees with what I have to say. And that’s perfectly ok with me. That doesn’t stop me from saying it though.

My tweet this week appears to resonate with a number of people who are in my twitterverse. Maya Angelou truly was uniquely inspirational, prophetic and no amount of superlatives could capture her life and legacy. Let’s just say she had the ‘it factor’. She got it. She wasn’t afraid to say it and we all heard it. On courage, she said…

#IConcur 💯❤️

My friends, it’s more important than before that we have courage.

Courage to speak up.

Courage to stand up.

Courage to help others when others do otherwise.

Courage to stand by our principles and say this is me. Take it or leave it.

Be courageous! 😊

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