Thursday, June 16, 2016

What It Means To Be Strong

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I'm wearing:

1. Perforated longline sweater in black, from Asos.
2. 'I love nothing' tank top in white, from Pull & Bear.
3. Super skinny jeans in grey, from Zara.
4. Sequin sneakers, from Vans.
5. Rings, from H&M.
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Stan Smith sneakers, from Adidas by Raf Simons / Curve knit sweater, from Cheap Monday / H tank, from Han Kjobenhavn / Skinny fit jeans, from KENZO.   
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I once saw a GIF of a girl saying "I'm a strong bitch, but I'm a weak bitch" and, skipping the hilariousness of that, I think she was quite right. I think we are lots of things and we are living-breathing contradictions most of the time. We can be weak and be strong, you know? Life is like hearing that character on a TV show say: "I feel lonely in a crowd", filled with dichotomies, with contradictions.

Earlier today I was wondering about what it means to be strong? Is it about conquering your fears? About being really successful? About intimidating others? About power? It's really complicated but I think it's actually about the power we hold within ourselves. Being strong translates into overcoming obstacles and ending satisfied with the results, there's a certain sense of pride and personal growth in that.

Being strong comes with accepting and embracing our weaknesses, with empowerment and satisfaction. It's true that we can be strong in certain scenarios and weak on others and that's okay. It's about strengthening our strengths and not focusing on our weaknesses (they're there for a reason, to keep us balanced). What does it mean to be strong? It means not giving up and accepting our own dichotomies and contradictions.

// Una vez vi un GIF de una chava que decía "I'm a strong bitch, but I'm a weak bitch" y, saltándonos lo chistoso que eso es, creo que tenía bastante razón. Creo que somos muchas cosas y, la mayor parte del tiempo, vivimos y respiramos contradicciones. Podemos ser fuertes y débiles, ¿saben? La vida es como escuchar a ese personaje de televisión decir: "Me siento solo en una multitud", llena de dicotomías, de contradicciones.

Hace un rato hoy pensaba sobre qué significa ser fuerte. ¿Se trata de conquistar tus miedos? ¿De ser exitoso? ¿De intimidar a los demás? ¿De ser poderoso? Es muy complicado pero croe que es realmente sobre el poder que tenemos en nuestro interior. Ser fuerte se traduce en superar obstáculos y terminar satisfechos con los resultados, hay un cierto sentido de orgullo y crecimiento personal en eso.

Ser fuerte viene con la aceptación y apropiación de nuestras debilidades, con empoderamiento y satisfacción. Es cierto que podemos ser fuertes en algunos escenarios y débiles en otros pero eso está bien. Se trata de fortalecer nuestras fortalezas y no hacer tanto caso en nuestras debilidades (están ahí por una razón, para mantenernos en balance). ¿Qué significa ser fuerte? Significa no rendirse y aceptar nuestras propias dicotomías y contradicciones.
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Henry.

Photographer: Alex, from MexAlex.

Currently listening: NCT U - Without You.

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