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"You’re so strong."

It’s a compliment. It’s meant as a compliment. But hear it enough times, it starts sounding like a reminder. It starts sounding like an identity.

It starts sounding like, “You’re so strong, and that’s what I like about you.” It starts sounding like, “You’re so strong, and I appreciate how convenient that is for me.” It starts sounding like, “You’re so strong, and that’s why we keep you around.”

It starts sounding like, “Don’t come crying to me.” It starts sounding like, “Thank God you’re not like those crazy girls.” It starts sounding like, “You’re low-maintenance. Like a cactus. And if I get thirsty enough I can open you up and drink what’s inside.”

Forget those who think your strength is innate and renewable and not something you’ve learned out of necessity. Your strength is a resource, but it’s for you to dole out, not for other people to mine from you. Remember the others, who end their sentences differently.

"You’re so strong, but I still want to help."

"You’re so strong, but I wish you didn’t have to be."

"You’re so strong, but when you need to be weak, you can sit with me."



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