I have come to realize that no matter who you are, what you have been through, and how strong you may appear to be, we all have moments in time when we are not strong. It is so important to recognize this fact….People are strong, but we are allowed to be sad, to show cracks in our armor, to cry and feel vulnerable. ALL ARE OKAY! NECESSARY! No human is perfect, not even close, so when you see or listen to a professional speaker and they are all pumped, full of energy and talking the talk, there are also times when that same person is the one listening, watching or asking for motivation. They are down at times, feel vulnerable, or scared, its normal and ok.
A quote by CS Lewis says it well, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.” Everyone goes through hardships, everyone struggles, some more than others, but we all do, and it is not like if I went through them in my younger days Im done, nope! Once I solve one problem, there’s always many others I haven’t and new ones that present themselves. Some problems are easier to solve because we have experienced similar ones in the past and learned, but there are also new ones that come at us and knock us on our asses!
It’s when we fall and struggle to rise that we begin to question our own strength. “I have always been strong, but I feel defeated now, I just don’t understand it. I do not know what to do, or even how to begin the process of rising again.” The bottom line is, we ALL do this, even the strongest of the strong, have moments of doubt, times of vulnerability. What separates people is what we do NOW!
If no action is taken to change the state we are in, we will continue in that state until something acts upon us, or we ACT! There is NO quick fix, everything takes time, everything takes effort on our part, we have to share and talk so others can help and support. Asking for help, talking to people that care is NOT a sign of weakness, but truly a sign of strength.
So if you are questioning yourself, “Am I really as strong as I thought?” The answer is YES!!!!!! Reach out, step up, and rise at your own pace, but rise and you WILL SHINE!