Double-Daring has a chapter on Courage. Courage is a theme throughout the book, as it is such a key part of leading a daring life. As we wrote, we found courage everywhere, whether in those fantastic American cowgirls we researched, or in Raven Wilkinson, a black dancer who braved hostile southern audiences in the 1950’s south, or in any girl stepping out of her comfort zone for a moment to learn something new, like how to swim, or try out for a new sport, or do a flipturn in the pool.
The Courage chapter has lots of quotes to inspire us all. Here’s one from artist and painter Vincent Van Gogh:
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
And another, from Little Women author Louisa May Alcott:
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
And finally, from author Eudora Welty: “All serious daring starts from within.”