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From Enduring to Breaking and Putting Myself Back Together

The lesson I learned…


Take it all on, and hold yourself together. Don't drop anything, and make sure you do not crumble under the weight.


One of my mother’s favorite sayings when I was growing up was, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I heard it whenever I was going through a difficult time or juggling too many things at once.


I loathed this saying. I equated it to buck up and quit whining. You're fine; hold it together and be stronger. Withstand more, carry more, and never let it break you.


I believed my worth was tied to how much I could endure.


I wanted permission not to have to handle it all. I was so afraid to drop a ball. I kept piling them up, those things that didn’t kill me and apparently were making me stronger.


Overcoming the lesson…


In 2020, I broke.


I was handed more than I could carry.


I broke,


but I didn’t shatter.


I broke, and I put myself back together. Even stronger. I left out the pieces that no longer served me and replaced them with new and improved pieces.


Now I decide what deserves space in my life and what doesn't, based on what is right for me, not what is handed to me.


I broke and now I determine what I want to carry and what I don't.


I stopped carrying it all and started carrying only what makes sense to carry.


I am grateful for breaking.


It made me stronger.


Until next time…


Michele

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