Dear people in the world,
I am normal. Well relatively normal to all of you out there (I find it hard to define that word, since everyone has a different personality.) And as I look around, I see more normal people surrounding me, with the same normal and average thoughts that everyone has. Yes I'm not particularly "famous" or "well known" but I'm a standard person that has just as many thoughts, troubles, and backbone as someone who IS famous.
Every person that is average is simply that: average. There is nothing more than that. But the huge misconception that I find people believe is that the word average, means the same thing as worthless. There are so many people in the world that compare themselves to others and look at others' achievements and not see their own achievements. And what that automatically means to people (or at least some of the people I know) is that those people that they look up to are more important, and have bigger problems, and put themselves down for it. When I do this (and I see my friends do this too) weird thoughts go through my head like: people probably wouldn't care about what seemingly little troubles happen in my life. This is sort of a self-discrimination, and we don't consider the importance of our own lives and our own problems. We see others as being the courageous ones, the ones that face huge predicaments, when all of us have our own triumphs and our own guts we use every day. People don't see their own courageousness but noticing it is an important skill that you need to have to have a healthy amount of self confidence, happiness, and motivation to continue being courageous.
No matter what we might think of our own worries, we can't help but notice them. To really be a NORMAL person you should have worries. From the small things, like nervousness before you take a test, or going to school for the first time; and slightly larger things like standing up to a bully, or even a friend if you think something they are doing to a person is wrong. And as always everyone will eventually have to face very large fears, like a fear of death. Some people have a fear of themselves dying, and some have a fear of others they love dying. Not everyone has these fears, but they are very common, and there are many other similar fears. Because of the commonality of these fears, we face them almost every day. And no matter how you look at it, facing any sort of fear, no matter how small, takes some courage. I bet if you ask anyone, just anyone you know, and ask them if they have a fear (you don't have to ask them what it is) they will say yes and it would seem rather strange if they didn't. Your fears or no less important than any other person's, no matter how "ridiculous" they seem, because part of being human, is having weird ideas, thoughts, and those can lead to weird fears (like some people have a fear of being chased around a dining room table being chased by wolves with peanut butter on the roof of their mouths.)
There are definitely other things in life besides fears that take courage, and you may not have suspected them. One thing I've found to take courage is the virtue of moderation. Let's say that you are depressed. That's a very common feeling, and I've felt at least a little depressed at times. No one likes to be depressed, and it can be very damaging, but in order to get out of your mood you have to look yourself and feelings straight in the face, and control your feelings. It takes courage to look at yourself and see what you're doing in that sad time and tell yourself to suck it up and control yourself. That's a VERY difficult thing to do, but the only way to mature yourself, to reflect and improve yourself, to fulfill the virtue of moderation, is to gather up the courage to face your own emotion. It takes courage to stand up to any emotion of course, not just depression, but anger, and self-pride. It takes a whole lot of strength, and bravery to open your mind and calm yourself to become a better person.
Seeing as all of these things can happen during life, it can take lots of boldness to keep on going with everyday life. That's not to say that good things don't happen in life, but there is the possibility of having a "bad day." And since the average person is well, living, everyone has a bit of adventurousness in their character. If you're reading this letter, then I don't think you can deny that you're living.
Everyone needs to give themselves some credit for having a bit of courage. You face the light of day, and the darkness of night. You face whatever comes at you during the day, and heck, I don't think there's any way of predicting what will happen to you. So stick your chin up, and have some self-confidence in your own bravery. We have courage for the most unexpected things.
Your fellow adventurer,