You never know how strong you are until being strong is all you have. That quote touches me on such a personal level. So much of life has been unfair to me. It’s been so many times I’ve run into the question “Why me?”.
I remember sometime going home after a long work day to realize my lights had been cut off. I remember having to go to the salvation army for adopt a family during Christmas time, so my children wouldn’t be disappointed. I remember the pain I felt burying my mother. The emptiness I felt. I remember giving birth to a stillborn baby. I can still hear the words clear as ever when the doctor said he had no heartbeat. I remember my father disowning me for his wife simply because my skin was different from hers. I remember being hit for the first time by a man who said he loved me. I remember the sadness I felt when I checked my bank account December 2014 and it had fifty-three cents in it.
I can go on and on about pain. I think we all can. When it’s happening, we don’t look at the lesson behind it all because we’re so consumed with the pain we feel from it. There are times where we all want to throw in the towel on life. Just give up. To look at our problems and say, “You win”, but we can’t. We have to keep going.
Some of the strongest people I know have been through some unimaginable situations. I am so inspired when I look at some people after hearing their story and see light in their eyes. How after all of that are you smiling? It’s because their situation did not get the best of them. They got the best of their situation. Tough times define character. They make all of us who we are and what we are.
Suicide is at an all-time high from people letting life get the best of them. That is something I refuse to do. I refuse to go down without a fight. Even if I get black eyes, bloody noses, and broken ribs, I’m willing to look life right in the face and say, “that’s all you got?”. I may be shaken but I will never be defeated.
I may not know your story, but I do know this, you are stronger than you think. This too as with everything will pass and the lesson will later be revealed. Believe in that. Trust in that. Life is tough, but so are you.
As blogged by Aisha A.