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Strong……Not by Choice

This statement is so true in many ways, your strength will always be tested. And in the end you will find out you are stronger then you think

Musings of a 20-Something-Year-Old

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“You’re so much stronger than I ever could be if I were in your shoes.”  “You’re so strong.”  “I don’t know how you are doing it.  I couldn’t do it if I were you.”  All of these statements have been said to me since my father passed away and people realized that I am dealing with some bad grief.

Whenever I heard these statements, I cringed.  I so badly wanted to spit back, “I am not strong.  I am breaking inside.  I am just good at hiding it.”  I also wanted to so, “If I am strong, it is not by choice.  It is because I have to move on with my life even if I don’t want to.  The world won’t let me shut down like I want to.  I have no choice but to be strong and fight away the tears every day.”

In reality, if you are…

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