Courage is defined by Dictionary.com as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.” Courage comes in so many forms. A soldier is filled with such stuff as he walks his post in a far off land. How about cancer patients, who fight for survival against unknown odds with only a smile on their face to hide their fear. Courage comes in smaller packages as well. I remember my son so scared to leave his mother’s protective influence while he waited for the bus on his first day of school. It took buckets of courage for him to get on that bus all alone but he did not waiver. I define courage as having the guts and fortitude to complete the mission. Courage is about taking chances when there is a strong percentage of failure but following through on your objective for a positive outcome.
I met a soldier not too long ago who lost his leg while serving in Iraq. He loved to ride cycles before the war and vowed that he would ride again after he lost his leg. We served in the same area overseas and also shared a love for riding. I’m happy to say I met him at my local Harley dealership. He showed me his cycle in the parking lot and explained to me how the bike was adapted to fit him personally. There are many motorcyclists that have lost extremities due to accidents, sickness and armed conflicts. With such a grievous injury one could surely understand if these individuals would ever want to ride again. Given their love of motorcycling many amputees find a way to let the ride continue. Adaptive Modification for Amputee Motorcycling is about getting the disabled back on the open road. It takes courage to make your dreams come true and I commend any motorcyclist who gets back riding after they have befallen tough times. It’s all about fighting the good fight, no matter what dark cloud follows you overhead. Courage is about not giving up when it may be easier to reverse your course and I hide in the shadows.
“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” -Tom Krause