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Strength is within all of us. While I was on my Saturday night run, I thought of all the things that I was stronger than.
It motivated me to give that run and life my all. I hope that it does the same for you.
1. My HighSchool bully.
Yes, she may have called me fat and ugly but her opinion doesn't matter to me because I define me.
2. My former eating disorder.
I may have previously fallen into years of believing that it was worth buying into. But I have made a decision to be the healthiest-not skinniest- version of me.
3. My 6th grade technology teacher.
Sure, I might of been annoying sometimes when I was in her class but I was a kid. Now that I am an adult, I know not to treat kids the way she treated me. Kids' voices matters too.
4. The man who cheated on me.
He did many other things too. Yes, I am no angel but I deserve fundamental respect. I have learnt to forgive and set boundaries. Forgiveness gives you strength that no one can take away from you.
5. The bills that I had no money to pay.
I ended up paying them. It may have been tough and seemed like it wasn't doable. But, it's over now.
6. That stomach flu.
Real talk! I thought that my body was taken over by aliens! Lol! However, it wasn't and now I am grateful for a healthy gut.
7. Heart break.
There were times that I felt like I couldn't get out of bed in the morning. However, I did and I am a stronger person for it. I know for sure that emotions are not always true and that feelings are valid but not in control.
Dark times can only lead to good times, if you just believe and focus on the light. And, when the light comes, it is brighter than before.
9. The Eczema on my back.
Since it's been gone, I have the courage to show off my back. It taught me to pay attention to what I put on my skin.
10. The occasional person that I encounter who is full of rage, angry or entitled.
Once I am done dealing with people who are unaware, negative or just plain angry, I am able to forget about them. However, they have to deal with themselves all the time.