What is it? How do we achieve it? And when we do we even realize that we have? Is it simply human nature to long for nothing more than to be as strong as we can manage? Or perhaps thatís just me. Strength is not suffering through, it is not ignoring the problem and it is not facing it head on, I have found that more often than not strength comes from swallowing your pride, smothering your ego with the pillow of existence and trudging on despite the hard times you see coming. It takes true strength to take things as they come, to not run away or to blinding fling your arms out around yourself in a defiant attempt to fight off the bad that all see coming. Strength is being WHO YOU ARE. Not following another blindly out of "love" or searching to be the one who makes a statement. Strength is not in being different or in being the same strength is in doing what is your first instinct. You heart's path is almost always the right one and a believe that following your first impulse foolish as it may be, un-thought through or rash, jumping head first into a gut feeling and taking from it what comes is true strength. Strength is in everything we do, it takes Strength to fight the impulse to immediately bend to the will of another, it takes strength to rely on a friend, and it takes strength to let someone rely on you. To let yourself feel requires strength to let others in to be who you are to be unafraid and out spoken and as loud as you please for absolutely no reason whatsoever are the simple strengths I see every day.
But With the strength's come the weaknesses.
Everyday we fall shorter than what we want in one way or another, every day we succumb to some sort of fear or lack of genuine care over something. For every person we agree with despite our actual opinion for every Boyfriend or Girlfriend that follows their "significant other" with an unquestioning nod and happy smile, for every broken hearted "someone" who wished more than anything they could have tried harder, for every missed opportunity, dream lost sight of, and friend lost contact with. Our weaknesses become more and more obvious while our strengths drown in a sea of fear and sadness. We are nothing without our hearts, but we are afraid of getting them broken, so we lock them up in a big bolted box never to be touched by another. We are afraid of being let down and do not rely on our friends, or afraid of letting down and become untrustworthy. We fall victim to a bad grade or a hard break up, a lost loved one, a drunken parent or a broken family and allow the harsh feelings of sadness and hurt eat at our hearts as our strength fades to nothing before our eyes.
Weakness cannot be achieved without strength...and strength cannot be achieved without weakness. We are all human and we will all be weak and we will all be strong but the true question is...
How often are we strong? And how often are we weak?