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Optimism is the foundation of courage Courage is one of the most used terms to describe one who undergoes acts of bravery to overcome fear from everyday people to historical figures Courage can mean anything from standing up for yourself to serving your country fighting for freedom and being away from your family so that others can be with theirs It is pleasing to know that courage has such a broad definition but is our personal endeavors that truly give it meaningAmelia Earhart is a familiar historical woman known for her individuality and character in regards to her love of aviation However her acts of courage did not begin with aviation and did not awaken until her mid twenties Her father Edwin Earhart struggled with work related issues and felt that he failed to provide for his family As a result he began to drink and became an alcoholic to say the least Being separated from her father at such a young age Amelia pushed through her familys hard times and worked to be an independent woman by training as a nurses aide and serving as a voluntary aid detachment at a military hospital for about a year After embracing this opportunity Amelia said There for the first time I realized what the World War meant Instead of new uniforms and brass bands I saw only the result of four years desperate struggle men without arms and legs men who were paralyzed and men who were blind She furthered her experience by enrolling as a medical student and after only a year was reconnected with her father on account of her mother being reunited with himAfter considering the unreliability of planes in the early days of aviation Amelia knew she could be subject to struggle or even fail at flying due to unreliable engines and lethargic planes Disregarding most peoples beliefs she felt the fear and prospered anyway setting altitude records and
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