We don’t have to always be perpetual towers of strength, standing tall and mighty all the time. We are strong. We’ve shown that and we don’t have to prove that again and again.
Strength also involves expressing our vulnerability. Sometimes, the best way to take care of ourselves is giving ourselves permission to “fall apart”. Only then, we are able to regroup, reboot, get back on track and continue our journey.
As Brené Brown puts it, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
Sometimes strength means mustering the courage within ourselves to feel lonely, weak, scared, angry, and vulnerable when we need to express those feelings for our better well-being.
No one is an exception. We all come across times when the demons of self-doubt, fear, and scarcity lurk around us, when we feel tired, exhausted, and defeated, when we feel can no longer be strong, when we feel we cannot push any harder. And it’s okay. There are times when we express our raw emotions in front of others, when we cry and expose our anger, annoyance, and restlessness.
It’s okay, it’s normal. It’s human. We need to accept those times and those parts of us. We may feel that we’re being weak, but the truth is that by expressing our vulnerability and our emotions, we are actually expressing our strength.
It’s okay to allow ourselves to be weak and human. There’s no need to feel guilty or shameful about “falling apart”, because we’re taking care of ourselves the best way we can. And it’s wise and courageous to experience those feelings rather than run away from them.