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I Appear to Be Strong But I Am Vulnerable

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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'm very sensitive. I'm very vulnerable. I get hurt all the time. Every little thing hurts me. I tend to overthink a lot. I wish I was mentally stronger. I'm emotionally messed up...
    stopthepainnow stopthepainnow 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 6

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    I would like to think I am stronger because of what I have been through - however, it takes little to shake my confidence if I don't feel I am well protected. I know how vulnerable...
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    As a man, I love to give and pamper. Not with lavish gifts and material items but with myself. I love to e a gentleman and be someone's "hero" if you will, but in saying that I...
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    "It's hard to believe I'm okay After all, it's been awhile Since you walked away I'm way past crying Over you finding someone else You turned my days into nights But now I see the...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 5

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    It's not that I don't want to ask, it's that I don't know how. Since I've been in elementary school, I've been told to rely on myself, or maybe I've told myself that. My parents...
    Here2Help383 Here2Help383 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 7

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    i always feel as if im the most ugliest girl ever.. the only time ill actually feel pretty is when i cake my face with makeup other than that i hate the way my appearance is cause...
    believexo believexo 16-17, F Dec 2

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    I am in my 40's now, raised my daughter by myself and worked 4 jobs to put myself through college. I have always danced to the beat of my own drummer and I am happy knowing I am a...
    WindWalkingDreamWeaver WindWalkingDreamWeaver 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 3

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    I have much respect for women who are strong and confident enough to know what they want in life and aren't afraid to pursue it, but at the same time, are also strong and confident...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M 4 Responses Nov 28

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    It's hard to ignore what I am feeling right now. Im trying to be strong, and i think I'm strong enough to face them. But I know that I really have to face them. Everytime I saw...
    EnnaEiram EnnaEiram 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    Young and strong.! I've been told I'm too harsh, which isn't really the case. Although maybe I take life to seriously but hey... nothing in this life is simple.. I don't believe...
    mergirl123 mergirl123 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 3

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    I was recently asked, "What has fibromyalgia and/or chronic pain taught you about yourself". Here is my answer. I have learned so much and continue to learn about myself through...
    RebeccaHolley RebeccaHolley 31-35, F Dec 5

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    Everywhere I went in town, they knew me as Johnny's girl. I could hear people in the store whisper who I was, and sometimes I'd see guys looking at me and see their friends shake...
    HalesBells91 HalesBells91 22-25 2 Responses Dec 13

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    This site for me has been both a blessing, and a curse. It's a place where i've met some incredible people, but also a place that has worn me down, piece by piece, heartbreak...
    BeautifullyBroken10x BeautifullyBroken10x 18-21, F 38 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am really stronger and I can day that I recoverd well from things that happend in the past! I really want to move on, but how can I, when I still suffer physical pain sometimes...
    4everDance 4everDance 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Music is the reason I'm alive, and no I'm not one of those kids listening to all punk slitting their wrists putting on a fake smile for all to see, I'm genuine and I listen to...
    nickwrocks1 nickwrocks1 13-15, M 3 days ago

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    I am stronger because of my past It has helped me grow into the person I am today All the pain and hurt I carry has made me stronger All the things I have seen All the things I...
    hiddenbeauty217 hiddenbeauty217 13-15, F 9 hrs ago

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    My abuse from my father. 8 years ago was a dark time for me. My dad would often beat me as punishment for doing stupid stuff. One day I did something really bad and stupid. My...
    WhiteTheKid WhiteTheKid 16-17, M 16 Responses Nov 21

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    They say, the passage of time will heal all wounds. But the greater the loss, the deeper the cut. And the more difficult the process to become whole again. The pain may fade, but...
    iwasinluv iwasinluv 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 22

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    I know this and I have known it for some time.I am not a strong person. Really I hate admitting it but I'm not. In every difficulty that comes by I just can't bear or cope with it...
    ValeriyaIvanov ValeriyaIvanov 13-15, F Nov 22

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    Hello, ladies. So, I hope you don't mind, but I'm a single, straight guy looking for a real relationship. Please don't go yet. I'm hoping for some advice. I feel deeply like I am...
    Praeteritus Praeteritus 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 23

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    Yes I have a strong sense of justice and those of you on this website that post inappropriate experiences you will be brought to justice for we are the sons of justice and we are...
    SonsofJustice SonsofJustice 36-40, M Nov 23

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    I love strong women. A few times I've had women wrestle me to the floor and had me pinned to the floor for minutes or even hours at a time. The first time I got pinned down by a...
    AceOtana AceOtana 22-25, M Nov 24