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I Appear to Be Strong But I Am Vulnerable

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I want to be strong but there are times when I just don't want to deal with life anymore . And I wish God would just take me.. I have been through so much in my short 17 years of...
    hopeliveshavefaith hopeliveshavefaith 16-17, F 7 Responses Aug 30

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    Not much stronger, but hey, they say that it's the little things that count. The little things...
    Boulier Boulier 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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    Technically this is true but it kinda isn't. My past wasn't the greatest. It was borderline me feeling useless and no point to live really. I am strong but the thing is, I kinda...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    I've earned the title "heartless" around here. Because I don't show it. My mom even thinks that I can't cry. My grandma died, didn't shed a tear, my friend, even my most beloved...
    Riukkuyo Riukkuyo 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 13

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    Sometimes I feel disconnected from my husband and my heart begins to ache. Sometimes I feel foolish, like I rushed into marriage. I know it was God's timing and His timing is...
    watermelonbliss watermelonbliss 22-25 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Experience In Darkness: After my husband was finally laid to rest, not only had I changed; everything around me seemed different. The house seemed darker, even the morning sunlight...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 6 Responses Sep 3

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    I started focusing on my work and I'm starting to see good results. I'm happy. I feel confident and strong 💪
    NtshaK NtshaK 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    when really I'm vulnerable and feeling inadequate. I feel like I always make mistakes Nd think how can I trust myslef to take care and sustain myself when I screw things up? I'm...
    ajrestless ajrestless 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 6

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    A sad fairy tale turned into a nightmare, gazing upon a beauty I've never seen, on the outside appearing to be sweet, caring, and a mystery. I wanted to know You and You, Me. I...
    Xenasdreams Xenasdreams 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 13

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    I was chattering with a friend this morning....and I said (referring to the horrid head cold, I appears to have developed)....what don't kill me, will make me stronger..... And she...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I have a few questions regarding my problem. Im an air-hostess and have to wear saree almost everyday. We girls usually wear our sarees a little below our navels with trying to...
    RamyaAirHostess RamyaAirHostess 26-30, F 7 Responses Sep 1

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    Some-days, I feel that I am the loneliest person in the world. Now, that “in the world” feeling may be a bit of hyper-collegiate over-dramatisme, of latent-teenage psychopathy...
    Newydd Newydd 18-21 Sep 11

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    i'm quick to being comfortable and social.. But sometimes, rarely, there are few who are very difficult for me to break the ice with.. Just when they keep this certain composed and...
    romeo27 romeo27 13-15, M Sep 13

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    Signs don't appear in your life with no reason.
    antiflag477 antiflag477 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    I am often appearing logged on but I am not on as much as it appears- don't always log on and off- esp when using a phone app- kinda defeats the purpose of having the app! Thanks...
    MFeisty MFeisty 41-45, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm really not sure if im stronger or weaker than before but i definitely know I moan more! lolPsychologically i think i might be weaker but then again I'm stronger as i learn all...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Sep 8

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    I love this song called stronger by Britney Spears lol but it is very true...I'm stronger than yesterday.
    NaNaJene NaNaJene 16-17, F Aug 23

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    I used to be very angry with the universe. I had the "why me's" just like everyone else. I am not angry anymore. I honestly believe that everyone has a path in life. I think...
    Mm8335 Mm8335 31-35, F 5 Responses Aug 27

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    Throughout my life I'm so glad to get through my struggles and try help my problems and throughout the years I'm glad to become strong and independent girl who focus on her life...
    vivienhuang13 vivienhuang13 13-15, F Aug 31

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    Like Heathie said, "What doesn't kill me, makes me stranger." My life has been.. filled with evil, pain and mental suffering. I've done things I'm not proud of and experienced both...
    BLVLFreeSwim BLVLFreeSwim 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 3

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    I believe in being strong no matter what, Even when everything seems to be going wrong. I am a strong woman & believe that woman's that always smiles are the prettiest. I believe...
    lisqbansil lisqbansil 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    every time I look in the mirror I remind myself of all the things I didn't let bring me down. I am strong. I will never let my past make me weak. I will continue to move forward in...
    damonsmommy damonsmommy 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    A strong man can handle a strong woman. A weak man will say she has an ATTITUDE.
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I enjoy helping others, especially those who have become close friends through mutual help and understanding in the course of time. My closest friendship started when I met a...
    haraldr haraldr 70+ 1 Response Aug 31

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                     YET ANOTHER TEST OF STRENGTHEphesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against...
    Sandalwood3 Sandalwood3 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 10

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    (My Hiding Place) In my darkness, I realized my brokenness beyond my husband's death. Day after day, as I closed my curtains to the world, every morning when I woke up, I would ask...
    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Because I'm jealous that I'm not strong or confident. :(
    littlecrazymia littlecrazymia 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 23

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    I feel like I have become stronger over time after those who have tried to kill me have failed.
    JohnBobMac JohnBobMac 16-17, T Aug 28

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