What Does Strength Mean to Me? by Alex W.
Strength isn't about feeling strong. Strength isn't about a measured capacity of coping. Strength isn't a set of defined traits.
Strength to me means not giving up. You may lose faith for a period of time, you may be hopeless for day, month, weeks, years. You may want to end your life in any way possible. But there's a strength in you that you may not feel: it lies deep within you. It's this inner strength that keeps you fighting for air, this inner strength that regurgitates the chemicals you overdosed on, this inner strength that is the hesitation when your finger trembles on the trigger. Strength is the physical internal fight to live, the survival instinct your body defends itself with when the mental illness in your mind tries to shut it down.
You are strong even when you feel the weakest, the frailest, the most despondent.
Strength is every day that you live with your illness.
Strength is every moment that you deny your illness from defining who you are.