“Oh she does so well”
“I don’t know how she does it.”
“She is always in control.”
“She is so strong.”
These words are often spoken over me, as a mom who has faced loss then chose to adopt a child with complex needs people seem to think I’m some kind of superwoman, a special heart, so strong.
I may be all of those things at times but I have allowed these words to stop me opening up, fearful that in my honesty people would see weakness.
You see there is beauty in strength but choosing to be vulnerable is one of the scariest things we can do. Allowing our hearts to be transparent, now thats hard.
Yet I often think strength and vulnerability are the same thing.
Some days I feel far from strong, I find myself hiding in the bathroom as I let the tears fall. I feel the nausea in my stomach as my legs go from underneath me.
I feel all of this and in this I am strong.
When my heart beats so rapidly in my chest and I can barely catch a breath, I am strong.
In the panic and fear I feel, I am strong.
Yet I still find myself hiding for fear of judgement, fear of weakness.
How wrong am I?
You see life is going to be hard, we were never promised anything different but its in the showing up I realise my strength.
Yes, adoption is hard, but I show up.
Grieving is hard, but I show up.
Being a medical mama is hard but I show up.
Being exhausted from caring is hard, but I show up.
Being lost in the anxiety is hard but still, I show up.
I am strong, I am vulnerable, I am a glorious mess of all these emotions.
Strength isn’t in not breaking, it’s allowing yourself to fall apart in love.
And then showing up.
I am no longer going to hide under the words spoken over me but I do choose to stop them allowing myself to be honest.
I refuse to allow the fear of being weak stop me from being vulnerable.
My weakness is my strength
In my fear I am strong.
I show up.
Writing again in the Five minute Friday link up.
Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.