I once read that the original definition of Courage is to tell the true story of who you are with your whole heart.
I liked that.
We spend so much time covering up who we are. We think that people won't like the real us, or they'll judge us for the truth that lies within. They will mark us as unworthy if they knew who we really were.
For we know we really are... and we know that sometimes we aren't pretty. Sometimes what happens to us isn't pretty, and we don't want people to know. Sometimes what we do isn't pretty, and we definitely don't want people to know.
But I have found that, even though it's scary, I have made my deepest connections when I have let the unpretty parts be seen. I have found that when I've admitted to the darkest parts of me, it is then that I've heard a whispered and grateful "Oh, me too... I thought I was the only one."
And I have found that, though perhaps it's backwards, shining a light on the dark corners has illuminated the parts of me that I do want to shine.
So, Courage, my friends... Have courage.