35 Ways To Stay Strong

35 Ways To Stay Strong

Never give up.
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What does staying strong mean to you? We're talking mentally and emotionally here- not working out. Is it to be resilient, every time you get your heart broken you're able to bounce back? Or does it mean to be unshakable, so that your heart can never be broken? Or, does it mean to simply appear strong so it looks like nothing is wrong?

Whatever strength means to you, here's a little inspiration to keep it going.

1. Remember people's opinions of you do not matter.

2. All that matters is how you see yourself.

3. It's OK to break down sometimes.

Everyone has a breaking point. There's no shame in having a good cry. It's better than bottling up your feelings.

4. Hard times make you a stronger person in the end.

Every struggle will make you stronger.

5. There is a greater purpose to the struggles you are facing.

It's all part of your development as a person. Trust the process.

6. Life isn't meant to be easy.

If you're breathing, you can handle it.

7. Every struggle is the opportunity to grow as a person.

You're on your way to success!

8. It has to get worse before it gets better.

Bad things happening are a sign good things are on the horizon.

9. People are mean.

How people treat you is a reflection of them, not you.

10. Just because people treat you badly doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you.

The only person's actions you can take responsibility for is your own.

11. In fact, the brighter you shine, the more people will try to take you down.

The better you're doing, the more haters you'll get. Brush them off, they're just jealous.

12. Don't get discouraged.

Take care of yourself. Because if you don't, who will?

13. The best days of your life haven't happened yet.

You have a lifetime of happiness ahead of you. Keep your head up.

14. Put yourself first.

Never stop working hard- especially when you're tempted to give up.

15. Don't rely on others.

No one can take away your independence.

16. Prove 'em wrong.

Show the world what you're capable of. The more successful you get, the more people will try to tear you down. Ignore the hate; focus on yourself.

17. Someday you'll look back on the hard times and it won't hurt anymore.

It hurts now, but it won't forever. You will heal from this pain.

18. Because someday, it'll all make sense.

Everything happens for a reason. I promise!

19. Things WILL get better.

Nothing lasts forever, including heartache. You will overcome this.

20. It's all part of the process.

Life is hard. Don't take it personally.

21. No matter what, you have to keep going.

You can break down and cry, but you can never quit.

22. Never give up!

Ignore the little voice in your head telling you to give up. It's wrong. You are strong, and you are worth it.

23. Eventually your hard work will pay off.

You will have something to show for the pain you're enduring now.

24. You will persevere.

25. You will get better.

26. Bad days make the good ones better.

27. Things never stay the same- good or bad.

Time heals everything.

28. The only thing in life that's consistent in life is change.

Things are tough now, but this too shall pass.

29. Everything happens for a reason.

When one door closes, another opens...

30. Rise above the negativity.

You're better than that.

31. Resist the urge to doubt yourself.

Hang in there. You can do it!

32. You're stronger than you think.

33. Never lose hope.

34. Once you've hit rock bottom, you know things can't get any worse.

35. Stay true to yourself.

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An Open Letter To The Judgmental People In My Hometown

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value.
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Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value. Pebbles are perfectly round. I'd much rather be a diamond, one in a million, than a pebble that fits in.

Sincerely,

The one whose every move you criticize

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Today, I'm Grateful For The Accident That Nearly Ended Everything

It changed my life for the worse — and then for the better.

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Four years ago, on August 5th, 2014, I was in a car accident on highway I-80. We swerved over the median and into oncoming traffic. I was in the front passenger seat so I was at the point of impact. I broke my right hand, my right leg and I got a traumatic brain injury. I was in the hospital for almost two months and then was in therapy for a few months after that.

Though it was subtle, the accident changed me as a person and at first, I hated it. I wanted to go back to the way I was before and didn't understand why I couldn't. But looking back, I'm happy the accident happened and turned me into who I am today.

It's an odd thing to say, right? I'm glad my life and personality were almost permanently changed due to this traumatic car accident. But let me explain.

Before the accident, I was a shy little thing that didn't like to talk about my problems. I was depressed but no one knew so I wasn't getting the help I needed. After the accident, however, it was like a dam had broken in me. I couldn't stop talking and I was telling everyone about my problems. I was an introvert that suddenly had to navigate how to be an extrovert. I had to learn where the line was of what was appropriate to say and talk about and what wasn't.

Thankfully, after four years, I have a therapist to help me with my mental health and I think I have the whole socializing thing down... for the most part.

Another benefit of the accident is that is showed me who my real friends are. Most people who I considered to be my friends visited me for my first month out of the hospital. They would tell me how classes are going and how they missed me but then they would talk about themselves and their problems like I was only there to listen; I wasn't supposed to talk about my problems but I did. Some of them drifted away and didn't text me or ask me to hang out with them after a few months. It really hurt and made me really sad and wonder, "What did I do?" I felt so alone.

Eventually, I realized that how they were acting was not my fault and if they treated me like that, then they weren't my real friends. It taught me how I deserve to be treated and it's okay if the only company you have is you.

One of the best good things that came out of the whole hospitalization thing is that I got a dog! His name is Winchester, Chester for short, and he is a mini husky. I picked him out from pictures my dad showed me and I liked that he had one eye that was half brown and half blue. I went with my dad to pick him up from the breeder in Kansas only a week after I got out of the hospital. Chester sat on my lap the whole three hours home. My parents got him for me because they thought it would be nice for me to have a little companion and they were right. He doesn't bark or pee in the house, he's loyal, he can be playful but he can also be lazy. He is the bestest little puppers ever and I love him so much!

Moral of the story: If you want a dog but your parents won't get you one, get in an accident that almost kills you and then maybe they'll get you a dog. (But really don't do that.)

Throughout the years, I've spent too much time thinking about what would have happened if I hadn't gotten in the car that day. But I think this was something that was meant to happen to me. If I hadn't been in that accident, I might've gotten hurt a different way and my injuries could have been worse. I am actually thankful that this happened to me because if it hadn't, who knows the kind of person I would be today?

Plus, if it hadn't happened, I wouldn't have gotten a dog and he makes my life so much better so I'm glad I have him.

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