Post
Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

I Always Have to Be the Strong One

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 3,079 People

    Amongst my dearest friends I am the one

    who supports them and gives them strength. I do not show my vulnerability in front of my friends because they are sensitive. If I'm sad they'll be sad too. I don't want anyone feeling upset or depressed because that's how I feel. I sometimes feel that I'm expected to be strong...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F Jul 4, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Never Get To Let My Guard Down, Except . . .

    Since my husband's accident 2-1/2 years ago I've assumed the alpha role in our household.  I'm the single parent in a two parent household.  My husband works but not consistently or in the same capacity so I've focused even more on my career to ensure the financial...
    sassyg1rl sassyg1rl 36-40, F 23 Responses Nov 29, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Bottled Up

    For as long as I can remember, I've always bottled up all of my bad emotions. Everything that made me angry, sad, stressed, everything, I bottle up. I last for a while, but about once a month, I just snap, and sit in my room crying all night. I know that I shouldn't keep my...
    FlamingMusic FlamingMusic 13-15, M Dec 9, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    "Stay strong. Don't let it get to you.

    " Seems to be all people can say when you tell them you're not doing okay. For some reason people tend to leave everytime I say 'No' to 'Are you okay?'. Apparently they just expect me to be strong, put on a smile and say 'Yes I'm okay.' So I started doing that. Everytime someone...
    MagicEyes95 MagicEyes95 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 2

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I Want To be That Hand That Reaches Out To Pick You Up.

    I have always liked helping people. Since I was little I would want to help the people crying, in need. Be the strong one. in this world I feel the need to be strong, as strong as i can be and protect my loved ones. I imagine myself as the one who will comfort you, the one who...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 4, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Sometimes, the person

    who tries to kept everyone happy is always the most lonely person, so never them alone because they will never say that they need you....
    mssst mssst 36-40, F Jul 9, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I grew up bullied but I grew up strong.

    I am my wife's rock, and she leans on me almost daily. I don't mind most of the time, except when I'm having a hard time standing up on my own as it is.
    XxAlphaCentaurixX XxAlphaCentaurixX 26-30, T 1 Response Nov 19, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My heart hurts at the things people did in the

    pass and not having nobody to turn to protect me and now everytime I see that person it triggers a hate I can't explain
    Theforgottenlife Theforgottenlife 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 17, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I've had a lot of tough things to deal with in

    my life, leaving home early and living in a hostel, past depression and self harm, witnessing a suicide, moving house a lot, tough relationship break ups etc etc, but.....it's so true that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I know there isn't much that life can throw at...
    squishyarmadillo squishyarmadillo 31-35, F Mar 22, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    ….Dear you, 
i just want to tell u

    that u are wonderful and strong person and no matter what happens in ur life:
Give yourself a chance,
Give yourself the moment,
Give yourself the freedom,
Give yourself the power,
Give yourself the confidence,
Live for today not for tomorrow
Have a nice day❤️k
    happygribi happygribi 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 1, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    i always have to be the strong one

    because in the past i have seen lots of ups and downs my girlfriend left me and now my mom's left leg should be operated i told to myself that i should be a strong guy from inside i know that i should go through lot of things in my life im ready to fight any battle in my life...
    Roadguy Roadguy 26-30, M Feb 8, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    The ones who say you can't

    and you won't are the ones scared that you will..
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Well, my best friend is pretty sensitive

    and anxious most of the time. I can cry over Disney movies, but I was never stressed over a school test, or other daily staff. My friend is the one who's stressing over small things and that automatically makes me the strong one, who has to make her calm down and bring her back...
    hellohowlow hellohowlow 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    i support my parents

    because neither of them were responsible enough to save money when they were younger and had good jobs. i am 20 years old. i live a constant struggle between anting to live my own life and the guilt of caring for them. i dont know how much longer i can do this.
    katiestark22 katiestark22 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 20

    Your Response

    Cancel
    sleepyphotograher sleepyphotograher 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 2

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I feel like I never have anyone I can turn to

    when I have my "mini cave in" moments. I always have to be strong. God forbid I'm ever anything BUT happy the whole world crumbles around me! Yes, I know I'm strong, I KNOW I can take a lot of **** but everyone has a breaking point. When I have mine; I always have to go hide it...
    LucyScattered LucyScattered 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 14, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I Just Had It

    He could say to me all he wants. He could talk bad about me all he wants. All he does is complain. Tonight I couldn't stand it any more. He told me to get rid of my light because it bother him. I was trying to hurry and he pull the cord. I'm reading news on my phone because I can...
    wonderMe07 wonderMe07 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I have always been a protector

    and even as a child I was the head of the house and would go out to work. Make the food for the table, I still have this within me and I think I was born this way. I have very little emotions and will always be the logical one. I see things as they are and never let much get...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M Nov 6, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I've never been in a relationship,

    but I always am the one taking the blame for my friends. I really hate when on of my closest ally suffers great deals of pain. Some think I'm some sort of Guardian, others think that I am insane. But I just am a friends that is there to protect and make sure I keep yourself out...
    EmeraldBoy4 EmeraldBoy4 18-21, M Feb 10

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I attract more troubled people

    than a liquor store. I've recently gone through a time period in which I had a lot of people looking for answers. it has been a draining experience, so here we go, I'ma share it with you. so first off, there is this girl who had a miscarriage around age 13, a physically abusive...
    SprinklesINF SprinklesINF 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 6

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Everyone always relies on me to help them out

    when they are going through a rough time and when I am the one roughing it nobody seems to care so I have to suck it up and deal with it on my own.
    brooklyn98 brooklyn98 16-17, F Jan 13

    Your Response

    Cancel

    dad went to jail and my mom is never home I care

    for my sister and my brother so I have to stay strong
    boredgirl02 boredgirl02 13-15, F 10 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Pride

    It is a matter of pride as is a lot of things with me, but since i act strong i have to be strong.
    Arorin Arorin 22-25, M Jan 13, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I never had much of a childhood.

    My dad struggled with heart disease and this impacted our family every day. He passed on when I was a teen and my mom provided for us, but there was no warmth. In retrospect, I think she battled depression. We never had aunts, uncles, cousins or any extended family. I've had to...
    CarrieSue CarrieSue 51-55, F 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Poor Ol' Me

    Yup... That's right! I always have to be the strong one! The only one who comes to the rescue, a helping hand or the ... i'll be here when you need me. Woe is poor ol' me! Someday... *smile* someone will be the strong one for me. Someday someone will hold me up, comfort me...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze 56-60, F 1 Response Oct 2, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    ok so life is crazy, I'm behind in school

    for my credits, well actually I just got my credit caught up, but now I'm behind in my normal classes, my mom is about to have surgery, my dog just had surgery and can't walk.. I am so stressed I am falling into my old ways of thinking.. the thinking bout self harm, drinking...
    shadowrain96 shadowrain96 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 4

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm grieving tonight.

    My story is very long. To make it short. It includes, poverty, child hood sex abuse at 6, and 9. Adoption and finding out under bad circumstances at the age of 33. I still can't find my birth family. Had two children and got divorced by 33. Tried not to marry to keep my children...
    burbanek burbanek 46-50 2 Responses Mar 26, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Always Called To Save The Day, But Never Saved

    I have always been the strong one, or the smart one, or the one who is always prepared for any emergency. Then as soon as the emergency is fixed, everyone moves on with their lives and assumes I am OK on my own. I have always been there to help my parents, help my friends, help...
    KSpirit KSpirit 51-55 1 Response Nov 29, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm Just Like Max From Maximum Ride

    i'm just like max from maximum ride so i'm allways strong afraid of nothing but when it comes to my feelings i become weak but i can't tell my friendsor my family and by family i mean my cousins i'm the third oldest but i'm the most brave one out of all of them but some times my...
    fax4ever fax4ever 13-15, F Nov 30, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    im always the rock for those

    that i hold dear, meaning that when im in a difficult situation and overwhelmed by stress i cant show it as i know i cannot show a weakness in order to keep my friends and family strong.
    SickMofo18 SickMofo18 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    =/

    I always have to be the strong one. I feel like I can't let my defence down, and be weak, and tell someone, "I am not okay, and I need some help" dealwith with certian things. I just can't stand it sometimes. I hate always haveing to be the strong one. sometimes, I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 23, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I do runing everyday.

    Each day i find it deficult to keep on runing till the end because i increase the distance between initial and end point in every upcoming day.When i ran for first time,i was ok in the starting but as i go toward the end point,i felt that my legs were saying no "you can't".I was...
    Bhk213 Bhk213 18-21, M Nov 14, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Being strong is measure by how much you can take

    and keep on moving forward towards any objective. Its the attitude of mind that makes successful leaders as people will always draw on your strength by burdening you with their problems directly or indirectly. Not everyone can be strong because its the hardest thing to be since...
    stuckd stuckd 18-21, M Feb 7

    Your Response

    Cancel

    When Everyone Else Is Childish

    I go out of my way to not show any extreme emotion that might be bad. I can act so well I deserve an Oscar. There are people in my family who haven't seen me cry since I was a baby. But right now that's all I wanna do. I'm stressed out. I just realized today that I'm losing...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 12, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I grew up in a home with an father with a

    drinking problem, and being bullied very badly. I struggled with self harm and suicidal thoughts. I have been clean over a year now and idk If I can handle it...
    apersonwhoisntverystrong apersonwhoisntverystrong 13-15, F Sep 18, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Just An Example

    This is an email I just got from someone who was a 'friend' but when I logged on just a few minutes ago this is what I had waiting... Now that person has blocked me. I have never in my life been the focus of such viciousness but all I can say is ... out of the heart the mouth (or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 21, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    it feels and this is kinda a mean thought like

    no one else can get things right so i feel like i have to do every thing i know that other people do have there own brains and are capable of things it just seem like i'm the only one i know to have any common sense seem's stupid huh!
    BenjaminChapman BenjaminChapman 18-21, M May 3, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My husband has been struggling with depression

    throughout our ten-year relationship. He refuses to get treatment. He works one part time job and that's "too much." I work two part time jobs and run a small side business. He's too daunted to attempt home repairs - so I fix (or pay someone else to fix) everything in our...
    FakeIsTheNewReal FakeIsTheNewReal 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 26, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Sick Of Being The Strong One

    Every once in a while I want to be the one who is held, who is comforted, who is the only one at the centre of it all. I don't always want to be the one who is stong, who is holding everyone else up. I just once or twice when I am in trouble or upset to be the weak one, the one...
    Tigerlilly25 Tigerlilly25 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 15, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    From a far too young age adults around me would

    confide in me and I would constantly be trying to solve adult problems whilst being a kid. This has just kept on throughout my life and I have just become the person people confide in / gain support from and I am happy to do it, although ooking back as an "adult" I see I never...
    penilane penilane 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 27, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    I have bad social anxiety,i didn't realize what social anxiety was until my late teens.I do know that I've had it for a very long time though. Social anxiety makes even the...
    dreamer899 dreamer899 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 5

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have to admit, I always have lil mini crushes on people that appeal to me, the crush only gets bigger however If I talk to said person and get to know them, the only thing that...
    RyRyOfAwesomeness RyRyOfAwesomeness 16-17, M 2 Responses Feb 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    As sad as reality might be even if I am over you, my heart will always have a spot for you.
    SummerMacabre SummerMacabre 18-21, M Feb 16

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Always Have Room For More Friends
    goodnites1091 goodnites1091 22-25, M 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have kept open mind to new ideas and experiences- as they say, a ship is safe in harbo, but that's not what ships are for. Accepting some level of risk in life is important. You...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F 1 day ago

    Your Response

    Cancel