The word strong is an interesting word. I mean if you really think about it, it can mean so many things. I asked a few people and this is what they said:
“Capable of handling situations on your own” (Female, 70)
“Can lift heavy weights” (Male, 47)
“Strong. Strength in muscles
Strong character : know your mind. Confident ” (Female, 64)
“The ability to carry large amounts of weight. Either physically or mentally?????” (Male, 19)
“Smart, like Einstein” (Female, 12)
“Physically: able to lift and move heavy things
Emotionally: able to control emotions until appropriate times/places, able to tolerate a lot of “bad” things and stay optimistic
Psychologically: similar to emotional…able to think logically and positively despite great adversity
Strong color = bright, vibrant” (Female, 44)
“Double shot of coffee. 👍” (Male, 37)
“Able to withstand pressure-people, things, mental, physical” (Female, 52)
“Strong ….. I’m a strong woman mentally. Running a family at home and at work. You have to be strong minded to do both jobs 👍 kids are a challenge and if I wasn’t mentally strong I wouldn’t cope 🙂” (Female, 47)
“Being able to lift 3kg’s” (Male, 7)
“…being able to push through those times that you feel like everything is working to bring you down. Knowing that others have gone through what you’re going through, and have survived. ” (Female, 52)
It’s hard to imagine what the word strong means to you, your peers and even wider than that. We all have different definitions, depending on our age, our gender and of course what we have endured in ours lives.
Some acknowledge being strong is not just being able to lift things but also being mentally and emotionally strong! What an amazing picture this paints for us!
Take the time to realise how strong you are, how strong your family may be, your kids and realise that their version may be different to yours!
I may not be physically strong, but I know emotionally and mentally I am. Having endured a life of ups and downs, and I mean major ups and downs I think to myself ‘wow, you’re amazing, you are strong!”
I think you all should to! We are all strong and can only get stronger! Develop this inner strength, test yourself, be healthy and remember to take the time to remind yourself you are what you are, and who and where you are, because you are strong.
You dealt with what was handed to you, you accomplished the impossible at times and won! You are strong!
I do, daily! It’s what keeps me going!