Overcoming Personal Courage

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Overcoming Personal Courage Shawnna Greenwell Kaplan University Overcoming Personal Courage Courage can be defined in many ways. Courage is overcoming a fear, difficulty, and hardship. Courage can be to love someone with all your heart and soul. For me, the definition of courage was overcoming a drug addiction and a loveless marriage to join the military. Albert Einstein said it best when he said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” When I was 23, I was a single mom of two wonderful boys. I had met the man of my dreams, or I thought I did. We got married six months to the day after we met. At first, we had a great life together. Then, two years into our marriage, I found out he was cheating on me. He left me for a girl fresh out of high school. I was heartbroken. After I had served him with divorce papers a month later, he told me that he loved me and wanted his family back. I foolishly believed him and ripped up the divorce papers. A year later, he got me hooked on crack, a secret he hid from me over the past year. Over the next two years, after we had paid our bills and bought what we needed for the house and the boys, we would spend the rest of our money on drugs. I knew in my heart that I was not being a good mom, but I could not walk away. It was not until my boys and I were living in a shelter and my now ex husband living in a car that I started to think that I was not on a right path in my life. Something had to give. My oldest son came to me one morning and told me that he knew what I was doing and if it made me happy, then he was happy. I cried for five hours. My eight year old should not condone my using drugs. On 20 April 2008 I made him a promise that I would not touch drugs again and that I would make things better for him and his

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