• An eight letter word describing one’s ability to endure tough times optimistically while overcoming setbacks and hardships •
The type of strength I’m focusing on here cannot be seen with the visible eye. It cannot be felt within the crevices of our arms. It is not determined by the forces we exert. This type of strength surpasses physical capabilities.
A four time cancer survivor and amputee– and he is my epitome of strong. I have never seen a stronger man fight harder than he does every single day of his life. And although his battle seems never-ending, I can’t help but obsess over how far he has come. It’s been eight long years of doctors, chemotherapy, surgeries, emergency room visits…and the strength of my grandpa ascends through every unfair suffering. My grandma is additionally strong for never giving up the hope that my grandpa will someday be healthy again. She is strong for never leaving her middle school sweetheart’s side through every heartbreaking diagnosis revealed. She is strong for loving him more than her own self, and for making him laugh while her eyes resist flooding the hospital hallway.
We often underestimate the strength of others based on appearances and pre-judgements. That’s the mysterious part of this powerful adjective– you don’t know someone’s strength until you know their story. The one-legged man in the wheelchair is more than the handicap you see. The smiling college girl behind this intended optimistic blog has faced more internal struggles than you’d ever guess. Still, she wakes up every morning jolting punches right back at her opponent– depression. She is filled with hope and confidence that she will conquer this battle in time. She feels strong.
Only recently did I realize the benefit of sucky situations– we grow the strongest when faced with the hardest of times. I am a firm believer in the phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” If you fight through troubles and push passed rough moments, you develop the strength that stays with you a lifetime–the strength that defines what you’re capable of and just how much you can endure. It is through setbacks and hardships that we turn our weaknesses into something much more powerful.
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.”