Ten Minutes of Courage

Okay, so here I am starting a blog. I am currently in my small humble flat in Copenhagen and I’ve decided to grant myself ten minutes of courage to start something new. As said in the beautiful movie ‘We bought a zoo’, ‘sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery. And I promise something great will come from it.’


This is a quote I draw on occasionally, when my future plans and dreams are playing a fatal game with my inner doubts, and when my ability to overthink drives me against leaving my room. Sometimes, all I need is twenty seconds of blind courage, and the brave reminder of ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’


However, this idea can be a lot easier said than done. There are mornings when ten seconds of courage can feel like a lifetime, and days when this quote doesn’t impact my day because I feel I am unstoppable and the world is my oyster. Like many things in life, the balance can be difficult to find and nearly impossible to maintain.


I want to start this blog to keep a record of my thoughts, ideas and opinions. I have tried and failed many times to keep a diary, and even now, looking back on the pages I wrote at eight, twelve, and sixteen, they seem to be words written by someone else entirely. Life is moving too fast. I want some documentation of the life I lived at 20 to look back on when I’m 30. Right now, on the 2nd October 2018, I’m trying to eat healthy, save money, and make this four months living and studying in Copenhagen the most positive learning experience it can be.


Hopefully I can share some of my experiences to help others, and share what not to do with my many bad decisions. But overall if the only person who reads this is me, well done girl I’m proud of you for being courageous. Here comes another classic movie quote, from The Wizard of Oz, ‘There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is facing danger when you are afraid.’ And while a simple blog post from an Irish girl in Copenhagen may not seem dangerous, sometimes the only thing to be afraid of is the ‘danger’ our mind creates for ourselves.


If you’re reading this you’re probably spell checking it, or I’ve asked you as a friend or family member to show support. (Thanks guys, I really appreciate it)


How I’m Copen: 8/10

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Winston Churchill




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