Maybe strong isn’t a word you’d use to describe yourself. I know it’s not one I’ve used very often to describe myself. Yet, we’re stronger than we realize.
Look at all the times you’ve made it through something you thought you’d never be able to handle. It could have been heartache, heartbreak, financial distress, illness, losing a loved one or massive changes in your life. Whatever it was, you did it. Somehow, some way, you made it through. That, my friend, takes strength.
For those of us who’ve lived with depression and/or anxiety, be proud of yourself. I know firsthand the strength it takes to make it through the dark days. There were times when I thought the depression and anxiety meant I was weak. I thought it meant that I couldn’t handle even the smallest things. Oh, how wrong I was.
Looking back now, I realize that surviving an internal battle of emotions was one of the hardest things I’ve done. Every day was a struggle and every day I made it through. So have you. We’re still here to tell our tale. It doesn’t matter if we went through those dark times a blubbering mess, or hiding beneath our covers. What matters is that we made it through.
We hung on and things got better. That’s not to say there won’t be bad days – everyone has bad days. The important thing is that we work to have more good days than bad ones. More importantly, we decide that we won’t beat ourselves up for those bad days.
You don’t have to feel strong to be strong.
As I said, I never felt strong. I just know I am. It’s like a silent, quiet energy that lives deep inside of us. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’ve tapped into it until we look back. Think of all the times you’ve struggled but set your stuff aside to help a friend in need. Perhaps you did something wrong and you owned up to it. Maybe you shared your struggles with someone else. Telling other people you’re not okay takes strength. Maybe you quit your job to follow your dreams. Or, despite the heaviness weighing you down, you got yourself out of bed and forced yourself to start your day. All these things take strength.
The strength that we draw on comes with something else. Within that energy there’s hope. Hope that today will be better than yesterday. Hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope that one day we’ll wake up and realize how strong we truly are.
Whatever you’re going through, remember that it’s temporary. It’ll pass and you’ll find yourself on the other side. If you look back on the things you’ve struggled with, you’ll realize this is true. As I said, you made it through things that at the time seemed impossible. You are strong, brave and you can make it through even if you’re not sure how. Believe in possibility. Believe in yourself. Look inside and tap into that silent quiet energy that gives you strength and know that you’ll be okay.