STRONG…. What does that word mean to me? This was a question that I was asked over the weekend by an amazing talented women named Stacie Venagro. When I look at what I wrote down at the time I was asked this question I feel like my definition of what strong means has changed…. I first wrote, STRONG was the last 35 years of my life getting here to this very moment sitting on this floor answering this question. STRONG means getting thru and over coming anything put in my path. When the odds are stacked against me that I can come out on top. Strong is raising my kids with great values. To be kind, caring, respectful and to stand up for others when they are week. My whole life has been a struggle. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. STRONG MEANS- giving my strength to others when they need it. Never give up. There is always a way and a solution, you just have to find it. Find the positive in every situation. My cup is always half full. Life is mind over matter… Before today this was my definition of strong. After some deep down soul searching with some incredible inspirational women I realized that my definition of strong may have changed.
STRONG means being vulnerable is okay… It is okay to let others see you cry and to show your emotions. That I can be weak sometimes. Lean on me….. And in the words of Bill Withers ,
“Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise,
We know that there’s always tomorrow.
Lean on me when you’re not strong
I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.
Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show.
You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.”