These words get to me every time I read them. In my sophomore year of high school, To Kill a Mockingbird was our summer reading for English. I loved the book from the start, but the way my teacher talked about it transformed the story even further, and I fell head over heels with every moment bound in the text. My teacher quoted the last few lines from the book with regularity: "Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what."
These words became exponentially more precious to me at the end of that school year. I just wrote the story of what happened and then erased every word. The sentences I put together to capture that story and that teacher in writing weren't right. I'll have to try again.
I found this image and quote on my friend's Pinterest. Does anyone know where it's from? I did a google image search and haven't find an original source yet.