I was Whatsapping a close friend today, and she said:
“I’ve learned that it’s okay to not have everything, to not have it all figured out, to not hold it together. It’s okay not to be strong.”
I totally agree.
We spend too much time concealing our flaws. We hide behind masks. We layer up with wide smiles. We think we’re being strong by appearing tough. I thought a lot about what she said, and then I remember that I wrote this a while ago: (feel free to share your thoughts)
I thought being strong meant being able to face the journey ahead.
I thought it was the ability to conceal your cracks with a smile so the world couldn’t peek into your despair.
But I was wrong.
Strength is so much more than holding yourself together while everything else falls apart.
Over the years, I learned that strength is about surrendering your pride and accepting the help offered to you by your loved ones.
Strength is stripping that mask and revealing your true self, imperfections and all. You may view your battle scars as ugly, but someone else might think they’re beautiful.
Strength isn’t about shutting people out. It’s about letting them in.
It’s about accepting your imperfections not as flaws, but as platforms for growth.
Strength isn’t always measured by how tightly you can hold on, but rather in the courage it takes to let go.
Maybe it’s not about fighting the situation, but embracing the lessons that come with it.
And most importantly, it’s about staying rooted to your faith even when the world tries to tear you down.
Being strong isn’t just about being able to face the journey ahead. It also means having faith that the journey ahead will make you stronger.