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I Appear to Be Strong But I Am Vulnerable

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    I'm Weak

    I keep it all together with a smile, and a laugh to fool the world, but I can't fool myself, I am weak, and it comes out even when I don't want it to. I am not strong at all, I"m extremely vulnerable, and get hurt easily.... I just can't take it anymore. I try and hide it but I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 30, 2010

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    Facing One of My Worst Fears

    im trying to face with the fact that i am vulnerable... and it is very very hard for me to admit it because i start thinking that im weak. im very afraid to be weak as im afraid that people will continually hurt me once they find out about my vulnerability and use any info they...
    aida666 aida666 16-17, F May 15, 2009

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    Im Strong On The Inside But Weak Inside

    I have this.. armour on me, and i look strong and confident, and happy. but if you take away my armour you will find someone that has very very bad self esteem and no confidence at all. she isnt happy at all with her life and is scared. these are her true feelings hidden under...
    UmbraEyes UmbraEyes 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 21, 2011

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    Soft Inside

    On the outside it looks like I don't let things bother me, but on the inside I'm panicking at every negative (intentional or not) word that is spoken in my direction. I worry constantly. I fear rejection. I fear being misunderstood. A friend of mine says she is amazed at how...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 24, 2010

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    Crumble After The Fact

    I've been through alot of bad ****, but I have 2 younger siblings so I've always been stronger for them. I developed this as a habit and still do it to this day. I stay strong long enough to help my loved ones through whatever it is, then when it's all over I fall to pieces. I...
    mrsundercognito mrsundercognito 22-25, F Jan 4, 2011

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    Protected Unprotection

    I appeares to be strong. On outside... I try not to let others know something hurts me. But is it good? Is it good to hide it inside? I don't think so. I'm trying to learn how to express that this hurt me without hurting others. When I keep it for myself, I can handle it for...
    bublina bublina 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 11, 2008

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    Does Strength Even Exist?

    People will always tell you to be strong. People will always tell you to open up, and talk about your pain if your hurting. Quite honestly I'm tired of the contradicting orders. What does being strong even mean? To me, being strong is how well you hide the pain, how tightly you...
    reemus reemus 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2010

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    My Heart.

    It is my vulnerable spot not physically just emotionally. In my heart lie love and strength and I honestly have a heart issue where it will slowly kill me if my heart is broken.
    draganaeros draganaeros 22-25, M Aug 3, 2013

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    Weeping With Sorrow

    i am intelligent, pretty and seemingly successful in life.. i'm married to a european and we have a lil girl who's 2 and a bit.. we r both from developed countries and work in development in developing countries.. i'm a mother.. i (and my 3 siblings) grew up without a mother as...
    sadnessandjoy sadnessandjoy 31-35 Jan 25, 2010

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    Wobbly : A Poem I Wrote About Being Vulnerable.

    Wobbly by Ivy Orchid Little fingers Little toes Smiles There is something there I knew, I used to know. Hot chocolate in the snow. Kneel Pray Believe Matching dresses dancing in the sun. Sunday shoes, they all hate me. Play nice While they watch us. Sing from the...
    IvyOrchid IvyOrchid 26-30, F Aug 3, 2012

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    I always get called a "player"

    but i am so far from it. More of the faithful type but i get hurt so much i kind of gave up.
    YoungHeartedSoul YoungHeartedSoul 41-45, M 4 days ago

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    Yeah.

    People call me robotic and unemotional, but really, I cringe at every little comment directed toward me. I wish I could be stronger, but I can't. 
    Mdear Mdear 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 15, 2011

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    Tough As Nails...

    I was a very sensitive child... at my school there was a group of boys a year older than I was who bullied me relentlessly... not really for any reason other than they knew they could make me cry... it didn't take long for me to learn that if you didn't let anyone see what was...
    hippiechick333 hippiechick333 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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    On the Outside Looking In

    There are many days I have when I will feel alive and motivated in my life to get things done and strive to achieve what I want, although after a short while the motivation begins to fade and depression sinks in once more. This happens especially after I begin partaking...
    bloodpromise bloodpromise 18-21, F Aug 17, 2009

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    Am I Just Weak?

             First off I may be a girl but I am a big girl at that and I don't mean hefty, I mean Tall about 5'10, broud shoulders and a never give up attitude. I am a loner as most would call it, but I just see it as having no friends, which I guess is the same thing...
    XieryaWolf XieryaWolf 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2011

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    To Others, I Portray Strength, But Inside I Am Vulnerable

    My friends see me as a pillar of strength. I help them out in their rough time. But me myself, I am scared and vulnerable. My worst times is with doctors being intimate. I was abused and am just plain petrified. Of what, I dont know. I hate it.
    sufferingmypaininsilence sufferingmypaininsilence 18-21, F Jan 12, 2012

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    Opening Up

    It's so scary opening up on here.. I've only been posting a couple days.. and I don't know if i've said much.. but I'm not used to talking about these things.. it's been such an emotional drain.. and I feel so vulnerable from it.. nobody's noticed, I've still been able to keep up...
    hayliepartychick hayliepartychick 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 15, 2013

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    This site made me open up to

    who I really am... Normally, I do not cry in front of people because crying is a weakness.. Talking about my sexual orientation is a NO NO because of this fear of being rejected... EP made me realize that somebody else is going through the same experiences as well... It is okay...
    maleficent08 maleficent08 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    Eternal Struggle

    I find it horribly hard to show my fears and vulnerability and I know that is something I am going to have to conquer at some point in life.  Today I feel emotionally exhausted after a few days of quite a mental battle.  When it comes down to it I realize I'm alone...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 27, 2009

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    It's All In The Facade.

    I walk into a room full of people -everyone's looking at me and their stares, unnerving. But i brush it off, maintain my smile, my confident stance and walk as if i've never been humiliated in my life..People start gossiping and words that are like knives are all drawn. I, their...
    amDamnTiredOfUrLIES amDamnTiredOfUrLIES 18-21, F Sep 29, 2013

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    I Was All Ways the Strong On Ein My Family............

    To my family, I am the strong, oh Shannon will make it, Shannon will pull through, Shannon this and Shannon that. You know, there will come a time; I will not be so strong that my family makes me out to be. I do brake and I do fall apart, I do have feelings. And thats it...
    123ct 123ct 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2008

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    So my ms Cancer is back. And she is getting weaker everyday. I know that she'll get weaker before she gets stronger. But I the one ultimately taking care of her. I don't mind it...
    Dspence12 Dspence12 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Everyone here thinks if i am fat, i am super strong but no, i am not, i can be hurt even by words.
    mahdiraza mahdiraza 16-17, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    looking for strong but gentle firm but fair caring and loving but determined daddy in uk to show me help me be the good girl I can be I can be disorganised messy cheeky need a...
    Wetwaterfall Wetwaterfall 41-45, F 2 days ago

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    Just last year I entered into med school.....I never really get sick be4 I mean other than common cold & n I also have sinusitis.But I've adjusted to these. My new college is...
    EvolB27 EvolB27 18-21, F 16 mins ago

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    My In-Laws did not acknowledge my two year wedding anniversary. It's a long story but i'm not shocked, , I feel immensely grateful. I can't stand fake people, I know they hate me...
    sonatadusk sonatadusk 26-30, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    For most of my life I was abused and controlled it has left me weak and isolated but I will never be a victim I will always be a fighter
    damaged123 damaged123 46-50, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    I'm a very sensitive person and at times get hurt easily. I've been hurt so many times before that I've noticed that I have created barriers that people need to tear down before...
    Morenita79 Morenita79 31-35, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I don't go in for the BS that the man is the head of the home and women are somehow inferior. Women are stronger than most me give them credit for and its only society that has...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 2 Responses Oct 10

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    i really like this girl and i feel like she could break my heart. i've never felt like this about anyone. it makes me want to distance myself from her so that i dont end up hurt...
    artandtravel artandtravel 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 23

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    I am incredibly insecure about my short, pixie-style hair. I fear it diminishes my appearance.
    yoshmarie yoshmarie 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 29

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    First of all I want to say I don't judge anyone on appearance except for myself, I don't like how I look. I saw something yesterday that made me feel more insecure, I mean, I know...
    lamaninja lamaninja 16-17, M 1 Response Oct 1

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    I try and find new ways so i can have a better looking appearance whether it be my body or my skin i always look at myself and all i see is that im skinny...i mean people say im a...
    luvabl3 luvabl3 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 5

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    I act strong I talk big I look tough... But inside, I'm no more than a coward... weak... 'A sorry excuse for a human being' my mind keeps repeating. It's hard to live in a...
    NicoBunny6 NicoBunny6 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 9

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    We've all been through something that's changed us. Some of us are stronger than others and some of us do things a different way, cope with things differently or approach the...
    kaitybobaityxo kaitybobaityxo 16-17, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have forgiven everyone who'd hurt me already isn't that what is kindness? But it's not near enough...I needed to be stronger...smarter...tougher. Confidence is a big obstacle...
    Concerto Concerto 22-25, F Sep 26

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    This is a poem I created in order to express the overcomming of depression that most of us face. Enjoy. Inner Conflict, By Emily-Anne Jackson Your mind is home to war, An endless...
    xxxhellgirlxxx xxxhellgirlxxx 18-21, T 4 Responses Sep 30

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    I am stronger because of my past, but not strong enough. I used to think I could beat it, but not anymore... I've used poetry to store my emotions and pass on. but I have come to...
    xxxhellgirlxxx xxxhellgirlxxx 18-21, T 3 Responses Oct 1

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    Well if by stronger you mean I now have bionic limbs that have been grafted onto me after losing arms and legs in this blender we call love ....then yes I am stronger *starts...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 11

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    My Warrant Officer 1 had his left arm and leg amputated after his 3rd tour in Iraq. It is downright insulting when people say 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. You...
    JacobStark JacobStark 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I have learned to accept that the abuse I suffered in my youth was a blessing. A painful blessing. A blessing that still causes me pain and fear. But a blessing nonetheless. I...
    RuthieAnja RuthieAnja 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I admire my sister: she's strong as well as confident. At least I'm strong though. She's a great older sister and I always looked up to her when we were growing up. She did some...
    SlowWhispa SlowWhispa 36-40, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I've definitely been through enough in my life and survived to know that what doesn't kill you will eventually make stronger. It may not seem like it at first but eventually it...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 5 days ago

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    I couldn't speak until I was over four years old. Born with Verbal Dispraxia - I didn't have the pre-mapping in my head that told me how to form sounds and words. My sister had...
    IamWatlocked IamWatlocked 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I was raised among strong, confident women. My mother's best "go to" friends when my dad was away (summer firefighting for weeks at a time) were the "ranch widows" living in our...
    JacquesSade JacquesSade 46-50, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    As I said in another post: EP Link I was raised with what I think was a good (but far from singular or unique) model of the Strong Confident Woman, and was ultimately...
    JacquesSade JacquesSade 46-50, M 17 hrs ago

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