Often the world can make us feel socially and emotionally isolated. We may experience bullying not only at school, but also through social media. As girls with disability, we often experience discrimination. Stereotypes tell us we have to be certain things, like beautiful, pure, and quiet. The world can get overwhelming and we are either unable or afraid to get the support we need. The search for equality, respect and social justice can seem a distant and pointless dream.
Sometimes, we can’t roar and fight for what we want. Sometimes, it is our quiet courage that helps us through, helps us reach our goals. It is more powerful than you may think. It is a slow-paced determination that day-by-day will lead you to your goals.
We are surrounded by quiet courage every day. It’s in the little things we do, say and think.
- It’s failing a test, but knowing you can study and try again next time.
- It’s hope when you are afraid you won’t “fit in” at school.
- It’s making a speech in front of people when you are scared.
- It’s doing something embarrassing, but keeping your head up high and laughing it off.
- It’s applying for your first job when you are excited but nervous.
- It’s being bullied and saying to yourself: “I am not what they say I am”, “I’m positive, they’re negative”, “I’m a good person and I don’t want to be friends with them anyway”.