"My journey is mapped and ready. I am only taking one dress."
Courage is personal. It is the resilience of a woman confined inside the four walls of a war torn country, unable to escape. It is her silent acquiescence when there is nobody to alleviate her offspring's suffering. True courage is when her heart is doubled with grief and life gives her no reason to live, but she goes on towards the light at the end of the dark tunnel guided by her own faith and belief. Courage does not need red carpets. It does not need shimmering veils. It definitely does not need alabaster women in sparkling diamonds invading its territory. Courage is the name of all unsung heroes- men and women who have followed their words with action. That Anne Frank sitting in a small room in bombed Afghanistan struggling to breathe, that Florence Nightingale tending to patients in Syria and that Marie Curie relentlessly finding some home remedy because she does not have the money to buy medicines for her daughter, are all courage personified. These are the women devouring light from scars and bruises they have carried inside. These are the women who carry #Just Me and not #Me Too on their courageous shoulders. These are the women who have songs to sing even when their world is slowly dying inside a broken sky. They are brave. They are courageous. They don't need revolutions. They don't need movements. Because they are You and I. They know their war and they know they will survive. They may be a broken moon but they know how to rise. They may be a bird without feathers. But they know how to fly.
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