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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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2011

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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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    Have you ever been in love?

    Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up....
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 20

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Most of my friendships are love/hate banter,

    which i'll admit is really fun at some times. However as a result, I'm left with friends who abandon me when I need them most and can't see when I'm really hurting. I just want someone who can balance that banter with genuine love.
    CathyMorgan CathyMorgan 13-15, F Dec 12, 2014

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Oct 19, 2014

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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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    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 Oct 15, 2013

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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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    Related Experiences

    DOH!!! Sometimes it's lather, rinse and repeat with my weaknesses.
    blueyedreamer blueyedreamer 46-50, F Mar 5

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    My wife from Pakistan has a nice butt :2 good and strong buttocks very sexy and a skin like silk .
    boeing707 boeing707 51-55, M Mar 5

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    saying "im fine" and give them your beautiful smile will consider bravery..your facing thing on ypur own..but it also resulting for misconception that your strong but deep inside...
    exor14 exor14 22-25, F Mar 16

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    Is strength anything beyond just the realization that pain won't kill you? It will pass. You will go on. You will pick up the pieces and survive. And with time, you'll look back...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 3 Responses 1 hr ago

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    The problem with being strong is that you become too strong
    ClaireH19 ClaireH19 18-21, F 17 mins ago

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    I cry my weakness out! I'm a strong woman :)
    Leen92 Leen92 22-25, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    I have read experiences and questions on here and many times the persons are wanting to find love but too scared to take a chance. It is obvious they have taken a chance before...
    srfchopper srfchopper 56-60, M Mar 21

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    I'm a strong and passionate woman. I have an inner strength that rarely fails me, even when I'm at my most vulnerable. There is a tenacity within me, and at times, it becomes...
    WithGracefulness WithGracefulness 46-50, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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    I've been through a thoroughly emotionally abusive relationship and coming out of it, still married. I learned that I was allowing the abuse to continue on by reacting to my...
    NoelleThomas NoelleThomas 36-40, F 9 Responses Mar 16

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    I can not feel the lines between day . night and between weeks, months and years. They are all slowly vanishing. I am not sure what to do about it. I am getting old and tired. I...
    Theaudienceofdeath Theaudienceofdeath 70+, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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    I am that daughter, wife, sister, mom... I have always been the one to take care of everyone, it has always been my role. I'm the strong one in my family, I have 7 older brothers...
    Backbone44 Backbone44 41-45, F Mar 4

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    Almost 4 years ago in 2011, my empire crumbled and I lost everything as I was forced to move back in with my parents. In the time since then, most want nothing to do with me. It's...
    TheLoneCharles TheLoneCharles 26-30, M Mar 5

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    I've been through hell and back over the past few years in my life.Everyone has a story honestly I'm not going to go deep into my harsh reality. Life is like a roller coaster with...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 8

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    This is totally sexist... Everyone is different.. Take for example a marine who has done 10 tours to Afghanistan and seen things most people would never even imagine. Witnessed...
    brocktimus brocktimus 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 21

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    My life is different than I dreamed it would be. I always wanted to be the first, the best, the standout. I am aware of social factors that contributed to my competitive nature...
    CarrieSue CarrieSue 51-55, F 3 Responses Mar 4

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    Recently I realised that even though I've been put through a lot of **** e.g. being bullied in all my schools, losing friends, getting rejected lots of times etc. I have still...
    Pedroman75 Pedroman75 18-21, M Mar 6

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    he would definitely have to be strong to keep me out of trouble. i don't want a man that will let me walk all over him who's gonna be all needy and clingy. he's gotta be strong...
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    I would love to be able to share my story if it means maybe helping someone else! So here goes!!! I grew up in a christian home...my mom and my dad met each other and had me and...
    sfausett33 sfausett33 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 20

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    This ones for the homie, ryunlmtd , I have had many experiences in life and I'm only 15. I have 2 kids, I have gotten my heart broken many times , I've been abandon, I've done...
    Jr2299 Jr2299 13-15, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I consider myself a strong woman who knows when to kick some ***. My greatest accomplishment so far is raising a strong, feminist daughter who values knowledge, intelligence and...
    grumpykittie13 grumpykittie13 31-35, F 10 hrs ago

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    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 Mar 2

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