What I’ve Learned About Being Strong

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Sometimes being strong means crying, asking for help, and admitting to yourself that you are struggling.

When you’re the person that people always perceive you as strong and unbreakable, you will come face to face with the fact that it’s painful. Oftentimes, we are so in tune with the ideas people have about us, whether those ideas are good or bad. We often forget to calibrate it with who we really are in our own eyes — and that is why being true to yourself is an important thing to understand.

Life has taught me that being strong doesn’t have to look like you’re always fine.

I’ve learned that I don’t have to look and feel good every single moment in my life. As I understand it, when hard times hit, I can still show up for my life with just enough courage in my heart — and that alone is perfectly enough.

It’s painful to go out into the world thinking that you can fix everything. Sometimes, you need to have the bravery to let go of what is not yours to keep.

Don’t bash yourself just because you can’t do something. There are going to be things in your life that you can’t do — and that doesn’t change anything about you.

You don’t have to always be that “strong person” that they say you are. You are human after all. You fail. You win. You fall. You rise. You are weak. You are strong.

You are allowed to admit to yourself that this time around you are not okay and it’s not the end of the world. See, the ups and downs are what you’re made of. You don’t have to invalidate what you’re feeling just because they won’t like you when they see your vulnerability.

When someone finds your vulnerability as a weakness, you are with the wrong person.

The people you in your life shouldn’t just admire you for being strong; they should also admire you for having the courage to speak what you truly feel inside.

To face them and say that you are afraid, lost, and even uncertain.

Slowly remove the idea that you have to be consistently fixing everything in your life. Slowly let go of the belief that you always need answers for everything — and have control over what’s going to happen. And slowly accept that it’s okay if you’re not feeling okay because eventually, you will be fine again.

The beauty and strength of this life happen when you stop dwelling on the idea that you have to be okay all the time.
 

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