Courageous Kids

Nikita ZinovievJuly 25, 2023Courage

Nowadays it is very hard to define what courage is in a couple of words: ”Oxford Languages” describes it as the ability to do something that frightens us and strength in the face of pain and grief. Our life is extremely diverse and we can show it in most situations in our daily routine. There are a lot of ways to express our courage. It is interesting that Wikipedia divides fearlessness into the following types:

- Physical courage is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, even death, or threat of death.

- Moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss.

- Emotional courage is the willingness to express or feel a particular emotion. It allows for individuals to express themselves both physically and emotionally.

I practiced martial arts for seven years. My friends and I enjoyed doing this activity because it helped us to improve our physical courage. We were training for two and a half hours three times a week. It was much easier to practice karate in winter and at the end of the autumn. On the other hand, doing martial arts is much more difficult in summer and spring because of the humid and hot weather outside.There were so many times my friends and I had to cope with physical exhaustion and severe headaches. Nevertheless, we continued doing this sport because everybody knew that we have to be strong enough to protect ourselves and those who we love.

It is a well known fact that in the modern world everyone has their own point of view and a certain circle of interests. Nobody should judge your opinion or belief. But unfortunately, all people have experienced bullying at least once in their lives. That's why it is not surprising that I’m not an exception. When I was studying in primary school my friend and I were bullied by middle school guys. They stole my friend’s cap, due to his color preferences. After this shameful act, we tried to solve this conflict by ourselves. My friend and I had enough courage to stand up for each other, despite our obvious age difference. Simple dialogue helped us to find a solution in a blink of an eye and without any consequences.

I also remember a very difficult period for my friend when his parents were getting divorced. As it sometimes happens in families, he had to go through the difficulties of meeting parents separately. It was not easy, but he did his best to show his love and respect to the closest people in his life. As one of his friends, I understood that he needed to continue living his usual life. Altogether we also tried to give him our invisible support by walking around, doing sports, and playing games.

In conclusion, I would like to admit that every person shows courage in completely different situations. Each child learns how to express their bravery. We all remember how we were kids and were afraid of any injections or vaccines. When we grew older, we tried to be fearless in front of our parents, classmates, friends and doctors. COVID-19 made most people of the modern world heroes. We all needed to go through vaccination which made us show firmness in front of this disease. Eventually, all these situations and solving our life issues inspire us to be courageous!

Nikita Zinoviev is in tenth grade at the Logos School in Kiev, Ukraine. He is interested in the Business sphere and enjoys learning something new about working with people. He is also interested in reading business material, playing computer games, cooking, and swimming.