In Merriam-Webster, there are numerous definitions under the word “character”, but the online Dictionary provides a simple summary. Character is defined in as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. How one’s character is developed is not only the product of a person’s environment and culture, but also individual choices of how a person reacts and responds to circumstances throughout life. The quote below by Helen Keller is a great reminder of this. Rather than letting her situation of being both blind and deaf debilitate her, she learned out to interact and communicate with the world around her, leaving a phenomenal example of overcoming devastating circumstances and a lasting, positive impact.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

— Helen Keller