As our generation ages into our twenties, we’ve lived through a ton of change. Since the nineties, we’ve seen pagers turn into cell phones, and old-fashioned dating turn into apps and likes.
We’ve adapted to so many new technologies and ways of life and sometimes it’s hard to find peace in a constantly changing world. But, whether you’ve realized it or not, you’ve changed too.
1. You’re empathetic.
Sympathizing with others and considering other people’s emotions is a sign of strength. Neglecting your own problems and feelings to comfort a friend shows maturity and wisdom. Not many people can put the needs of others before their own needs.
2. You’ve discovered and understand your vices.
Knowing your faults and shortcomings is important. If you’re easily angered, you can only correct that problem once you’re aware of it. It takes strength to admit your negative qualities to yourself, and even more strength to overcome those qualities. But you know that sitting around and complaining will get you nowhere.
3. You let yourself feel vulnerable.
Opening up and letting others see you cry is an act of incredible bravery. You risk getting teased or not being taken seriously. But no matter what happens, allowing yourself to open up and exposing your true self is strength. Putting your heart on the line and risking pain takes a lot of work and self-assurance.
4. You’ll try anything once.
Many people take the easy road and opt for familiar settings and preferences. It takes strength to jump off that cliff (both literally and figuratively), travel to a place totally foreign, or eat some crazy dish. Keeping an open mind can be exhausting and scary. Looking at something from all viewpoints is rare, and noble.
5. You’ve let yourself fail, and you’ve wallowed in that failure.
Believe it or not, failure takes strength. If you’ve still alive today reading this, you’ve overcome some kind of hardship in your life. You screwed up. You failed. For a moment in time, your life was over. But is it still over? Are you still wallowing and self-pitying in a ditch somewhere? No. You picked yourself up, got yourself out of bed, and kept moving forward.
6. You took a chance and chased a dream.
It takes a lot of guts and bravery to jump out of your normal routine and take a risk on a dream. No matter how big or small, risky or surefire, whether there was a good or bad outcome, you f*cking did something no one else had the courage to do. That counts for a lot.
7. You don’t need validation from others to feel good about yourself.
In the era of “likes” and followers, you don’t give a flying f*ck. Why should you, anyway? A number on a screen does not determine your worth as a human being, your character does. So here’s to you for going against the crowd, standing out on your own, and giving the finger to all of the followers of the world. You’re a leader.
8. You say “No” when you don’t like someone or something.
It takes strength to be your own person. You can still go out with friends, and have a lot to drink, or a little, or nothing at all, and still have a good time. You don’t let anyone control your life. You’re not a pushover. You have the strength it takes to do your thing, even if you’re doing it alone.
9. You know that holding on sometimes causes more damage than letting go.
One of the hardest things to do in life is to let go - of ourselves, of our loved ones, of our dreams. It’s extremely painful to let go of the walls we hide behind to protect ourselves, to let go of someone we love and miss terribly, and to let go of the dreams that we finally realize will never come to be. But letting go opens up so much more for us than we could’ve ever imagined. It opens up new worlds of opportunity and love that wouldn’t have been attainable if we’d kept holding on to the past.
You are incredibly strong, just for being you.