STRONG AS F*CK: Strength is the Only Viable Option

emilygough Mental Health, Mindset

My main goal is to continue to cultivate my entire being into the strongest version of myself. Mentally, emotionally, physically.

Life is going to throw curveballs, and it’s a direct result of those hits when you least expect them that make you stronger.

But you have a choice, too. You get to decide your own strength. You get to choose how much effort you want to go into cultivating it.

When my entire life as I knew it crumbled before my eyes with a knock on the door, one of the very first things multiple people said to me was “you’re strong. You’ve always been a very strong person, and you will get through this.”

I wasn’t sure whether to punch them in rage or burst into tears and collapse on the floor.

I didn’t feel strong. I felt broken, weak, helpless, like a total fool, and to some degree, at the mercy of circumstance.

While I knew it was intended as a compliment, I didn’t want to hear it. But it served as a beautiful reminder to me on very dark days. I would remember those comments, all of those people who truly loved and cared for me, and realize that they recognized a strength in me that I wasn’t sure in that moment in time I possessed.

It lit me up, that reminder of the other times in my life I’d demonstrated my enormous strength to myself and to everyone around me under all kinds of other shitty circumstances.

And I decided to be strong as f*ck. To put one foot in front of the other every single day. To manage new curveballs (and there were a LOT) as they came up. To simply do my best, even when it didn’t feel like much. And to trust the process, knowing that there were days ahead that weren’t going to be as dark as the ones I was in at that moment.

So what’s it going to be?

Strong as f*ck?

I believe in you, and I believe in the fire that’s in you to make it through to the other side.

P.S. A huge shoutout to @canggunest – you’ve ruined every other gym for me in the best possible way, and very rapidly made me stronger than I have ever been or felt in my life. Plus what I’ve gained in strength, I’m pretty sure I’ve shed everything else in sweat on the floor! If you ever make it to Bali (and you should), check them out!

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