There’s something about watching a grown man cry that captivates us. It moves us in a way that’s uncomfortable, like watching a superhero fail to overcome a final obstacle. It humanizes us and reminds us that we are not superheroes, but real humans, who face real hardship at different times in our lives. For my first N’Courage blog article I chose to highlight the story of Devon Still and the courage he has displayed as a father to help his daughter fight cancer.
While the recent series of domestic violence charges against NFL players continues to shed light on one of our nation’s worst kept secrets, and many reports focus on the fate of Ray Rice and the other players named in recent allegations, I can’t stop thinking of one brave victim of domestic violence whose name surfaced shortly after the scandal broke. Beverly Gooden sparked controversy and conversation when she sent out a series of messages on Twitter listing the many reasons it took her more than a year to leave her own abuser. The headlines ricocheted across the globe because she ended each tweet with the hashtag #WhyIStayed. That hashtag went viral and Gooden made the rounds on the talk shows and on morning TV with a very important message.
When professional mixed martial arts athlete Nick Newell (11-1-0) walks into the ring, fans are rooting for more than just another exciting fight from the Springfield, Massachusetts native. They’re cheering on an individual who has inspired millions of fans with his unique story of triumph and perseverance. Newell, 28, was born with congenital amputation, and has only one arm.
Life is full of challenges, obstacles and setbacks. But when faced with a setback, it’s your courage to fight back and persevere that matters the most. Karen Crespo has courage in abundance. She showed it off to the world when she strutted across the runway during New York Fashion Week a few days ago. It was that same courage that got her to that runway in the first place.