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…