Strong Is Beautiful But So Is Weakness

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They think you’re weak and you can’t help but feel ashamed. 

Life gets you down every now and then: he must’ve said you were THE ONE, but in the end, you realized you weren’t the only THE ONE; people underestimate your talents, refusing to give credit where credit is due; you pour all efforts in finding success but you end up failing anyway. 

It’s like failure is your best friend.

When life gives you too many lemons, it’s tempting to throw in the towel and just give up. But you don’t want people to see you crying. Nope, never. You put on a brave face and clench your teeth. According to the world, there’s no room for weakness. Getting what you want requires being strong AT ALL TIMES.

Everyone thinks being weak is a bad thing; only the strong survive the jungle. How can you rise from the ashes if you just sit there and cry? How can you prove your worth if you’re always stumbling? 

What they don’t see, however, is the beauty in weakness.

Let me explain:

Failures reveal much about who you are as a person—values, response, emotional triggers…everything.

Weakness encourages humility; it shows you can’t always be on top of the world. It’s the number one tool in bringing you back to the ground. When life shoves you a challenge and you fail, you realize that you’re not always the best. As a result, you acknowledge that some people will be better than you, which is a humbling experience. 

Your downs also remind you of everyone else. Even the best of us fall for the “I Can Do This By Myself!” trap. A weak moment every now and then gives you a better appreciation for the people in your life. Their presence is a constant reminder that others can also help you up. 

Being weak also makes you strong. Think about it: after all the crying each time you fall, you end up encouraging yourself to get back up. It fuels your desire to prove them wrong; you’re not going to stay in the dumps. You will do better and get better. You’ll show them.

In my case, weaknesses show me that I need God. It sounds religious, but that’s how I see it. I can’t do anything on my own. I need Someone bigger than me to get through life’s shenanigans. In the end, I become better for His glory. 

Don’t be ashamed of your downs; wear it proud like a badge of honor. Cry when you have to, admit defeat when necessary. People might mock you for it, but don’t pay any attention to them. Your weakness is a crown that says you are human too, but you’re doing something about it. Embrace your failures first and overcome them next. In the end, you’ll appreciate how far you’ve come.

Remember, it’s when you are weak that you become strong–that’s what counts. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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