When Weakness is Actually Strength

One of the most inspiring and frustrating aspects of human nature is our ability to fight, persevere, and overcome unfathomable hardships. There is no magic pill to take away all our suffering for those of us with mental illness, no easy way out. We learn very early on that “the only way past it is through it!” During those moments when you want to give up, you physically can’t. The body refuses. I have so many memories as a child crying because I wanted to give up and sleep my day away for a moment of peace, but my body refused to stop twitching from the Tourette Syndrome. I looked as though I was convulsing in my bed. Arms, legs, neck, throat, eyes, back, and wrists thrashed in the air. My eyes were swelled up from the tears, my face puffy from the medication, body sore, and soul absolutely broken. However, my meltdown and pity party eventually ended after a day or two, and I continued trudging along until the next mini breakdown.

I have learned that we, as human beings are so incredibly strong and resilient. In the moments we feel weakest, we will look back on it and find instead that they are some of our strongest moments. This is why it is important to remember that our adversities are temporary and that life is a continuous journey through stages, experiences, and growth. We are a force to be reckoned with, even if it doesn’t feel that way now. As I saw the photo to the right, these thoughts swirled around in my mind, and I just had to sit down and write.

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