Yes I grew up on Scooby Doo. Not only did I grow up with the wild misadventures of said dog and his mismatched gaggle (is 4 a gaggle) of mystery loving pals, the wondrous gang in fact once helped me recover from a very serious car accident (along with the Flintstones and other Toon classics).
Seeing as Scooby and pal Shaggy have had a noticeable impact on my life, it seems only appropriate that at some point I pay proper homage to them in a blog post. Hence todays title. So in honor of R in the A to Z Challenge, I would like to say some words about …
COURAGE. (Rut roh Raggy! Did I confuse ya?)
In our entertainment driven live, we often see courage and bravery displayed as someone having no fear. Our heroes always seem to just blast on through all opposition with a smile and a laugh. And just like every other media defined misnomer … we end up developing a whole slew of folk who feel that they are actually cowards when they feel fear at real life bad situations.
Sure it is much easier to do something if we are not afraid to do it. But the truth of the matter is not feeling fear in a situation that we SHOULD be afraid in is not courageous. It is not brave. It is rather dumb actually. Fear, like pain, is meant to be a warning signal that something is wrong. If we can’t actually tell when something is wrong we are not brave at all, we are just blind and stumbling. No, courage is not a lack of fear. Quite the contrary. Courage is doing what needs to be done DESPITE fear.
Odd as this sounds, a silly cartoon that has been around for ages exemplifies this very concept. Scooby and Shaggy are always terrified, yet they always manage to do what needs to be done to unmask the bad guy (granted they often need to be bribed with Scooby Snacks, but they still do it). That is actually the very essence of courage!
So the next time you are afraid; the next time you don’t think you have the courage you need to do what needs to be done … just breath deep and shout “Rooby Rooby Roo!!”
We can do anything with the right role model!