What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  • Doctor Anna

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    March 18, 2021 at 13:27

    How many times have you seen that on a Facebook feed or an Internet meme? Regardless of the fact it’s platitudinous waffle. It is supposed to represent the indomitable spirit overcoming overwhelming odds but in reality, it reinforces a stereotype; if you ask for help you are weak. There is pain in life. People suffer. This is the truth. We have hurt inflicted upon us and inflict, intentional or not, hurt upon others. This fact is something that could cause one to come to the conclusion that there is no hope, no good that life can bring. What follows from this is the attitude “take what you can while you can” because no one will give back to you. And, sadly, there are those who are rewarded for this kind of thinking. This leads to more pessimism. And the cycle continues. But this is the philosophy of the selfish and forgets something fundamental in human existence, and that is acceptance and submission. Yes, there is hardship and pain. Yes, there is suffering. But in order to overcome it we must acknowledge it and, at our most vulnerable, allow ourselves to submit to another – be it a doctor, a family member, or a friend – and in doing so this opens us up to others and, in a subtle way, the world. We are social animals. The myth of the lone, resilient cowboy makes for a nice film but in reality, it is family, companionship, and togetherness that compels us to move forward.

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