There is a true misconception regarding being a strong person. Yes, we are powerful, successful, determined, not easily swayed and can withstand a lot, but we too get tired. Yes, being strong is a gift from God, but not everyone has the same amount of strength. You see, we all have moments of weakness.
The truth is, we have times where we are tired of being strong. We endure so much because of our strength and eventually get through, but we sometimes want someone else to be the strong one.
We are the ones people come to with their problems because they see our strength and they believe we can help them rectify their problems. We are the first ones called when anything negative happens because they know we can handle it and we will know what to do next. We are expected to be strong 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.
Reality is, we are not strong all the time, no matter how we appear. Because we are known for our strength, we always put on a pleasant smile despite how we really feel.
This is the same thing we do with our invisible diseases. We are enduring so much pain, exhaustion, nausea, dizziness, etc., but we are expected to be strong so we put on a smile to hide the pain.
We hide so many emotions, feelings physically and spiritually to keep up our strong persona. Since we are expected to exude strength at all times, we expend so much energy being strong that when we are finally alone we crash from exhaustion.
You don’t want to see my illness, feelings or emotions. Your need is for us to be strong for you, lead and guide you as well as pray for you. Of course we do that, but who does that for us in return.
Every strong person has weaknesses, periods of exhaustion and defeat, things going on in their lives or like me, is fighting a chronic invisible disease daily.
Yes, I am strong, but just as I’m strong for you, I need you to be strong for me.
I’m strong, but I still need your prayers.
I am strong, but sometimes I just need a break!!!!
I am strong, but I am still human!
Be cognizant of the things you choose to lay on strong people because they just may need you to be the strong one today!!!!
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