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I Appear to Be Strong But I Am Vulnerable

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    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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    My husband's affair made me feel weak

    and vulnerable.But now since he has stopped talking to her I feel better.
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 14 Responses Jul 21

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Jan 4, 2011

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    I can put up a mask. But how long is

    that going to last? If I'm already hurting and you're adding on to that how long is my mask going to last? Not very long I'd imagine. A person can only take south, and when they're already hurting and vulnerable they really can't take so much. They're barely hanging on and every...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 19

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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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    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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    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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    By far one of the worst feelings

    for me... However, something about the feeling is euphoric.
    lonestallion153 lonestallion153 36-40, M 1 Response May 13

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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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    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 16-17, F Dec 12, 2014

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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 Apr 17, 2014

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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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    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'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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    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 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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    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 miss how things were in the beginning.

    The longer time you spend with the same person, the more you reveal the hidden part of yourself without even realizing the thing is actually happening. I let the fear of not being good enough stop me from revealing myself fully to the person i care. I tend to hold back and...
    jessycarcher jessycarcher 22-25, F Jul 19

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    Quote of the day for my faithful girls waiting for there soldier to come home! Keep strong ladies!
    Tianaeliz18 Tianaeliz18 22-25, F 5 hrs ago

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    This is one woman who would give a lot of men a run for their money. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359357/Meet-Mama-Lou-religious-studies-graduate-33-crush-apples...
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    Just got bad news his unit was attacked an he's hurt I'm so scared an I can't sleep knowing he in pain even tho he's lying saying he's not he's dislocated bones that has to hurt...
    Hillary1160 Hillary1160 36-40, F 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    I am not a stranger to disappointments I am not unfamiliar with pain I am not a newbie to want and desire. I have survied I have picked myself up and moved forward I have...
    intimacyfound intimacyfound 41-45, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    My boyfriend had an emotional affair and I'm having a very hard time forgiving him. He can't tell me why he felt so attached to the girl and could only let her go when he was...
    aquarius2383 aquarius2383 31-35, F 18 hrs ago

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    I suffered bullying at school, had to flee from a grave danger at age 12, suffered my own family's rejection, racism, and yet here I am standing strong, not giving up. I want all...
    ja131989 ja131989 22-25, F 23 hrs ago

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    .....but, I'm not as weak as you may percieve, either. so, be mindful of your boundaries.
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 3 days ago

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    My friends usually come to me whenever something goes wrong in their life; I guess to them I seem strong and like I have my sh*t together.... But it's really hard to be this one...
    beweirdess beweirdess 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    I wish I had some medicine to take this emotional pain away.. 😔
    sunshineh13 sunshineh13 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I finally lost it last night. I had been strong for too long. Holding in my pain, keeping it all pushed down. Keeping bad parts of me at bay. Then it happened, he said one thing...
    littlexpiecexofxme littlexpiecexofxme 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    This past week I've dealt with so much. I've been kicked while down plenty of times. I've been depressed for too long but now I feel like I can just relax. I'm alive right now. I...
    JayR95 JayR95 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    A lot of times I will pretend that everything is OK in my life even when it is not. I have always felt like I have to be strong emotionally because no one in my family has ever...
    danielle1357 danielle1357 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    at times when quiet surrounds me, I wonder how much worse things could get. then, I feel regretful for asking. being strong all the time is just a way of life anymore. ALL the pain...
    wnt2bneeded wnt2bneeded 41-45, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    You never know how strong you are , until being strong is the only choice you have .
    Spiritual40 Spiritual40 36-40, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    so much. but if you ask anyone my age, you find that you are not alone. I have been through events of tremendous sadness, experienced horrific events, felt loneliness that I...
    intimacyfound intimacyfound 41-45, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    As woman I feel like many times being strong us viewed as a negative. Yes we live in a