I "What Does Not Kill Me, Will Only Make Me Stronger"

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    That's the phrase I'm getting tattood on my

    right forearm....It is the phrase I have come to understand sooo well!
    squirtingfairy squirtingfairy
    51-55, F
    9 Responses Feb 9, 2015

    Over my life I have gone through a lot.

    I have lost family members, friends, even myself (so to speak). It has been rough, a long journey. But for how bad it was I am thankful because it hasn't killed me and it has made me a lot stronger. I am who I am because of the pain I have experienced. Finally things are looking...
    Mrmysterio13 Mrmysterio13
    6 Responses Dec 23, 2013

    The day I came in the world I had fight

    for my life. My mom passed away from child birth. My dad didn't want me because I am in a wheelchair. A lot of people have counted me out .I have gotten some support from my friends and the government and the school. I will be a teacher and show kids with disabilities that you...
    me0883 me0883
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Jan 18, 2015

    Four years ago my house burnt down,

    while I was in it. I lost everything. I had to walk bare foot in town the next day to buy shoes. I only had pants because my mum happened to have a pair of mine. My face got a big burnt but recovered. People feel bad for me but to be honest I am completely happy. It is truly...
    Jbonha Jbonha
    26-30, M
    5 Responses Feb 15, 2014

    How I Got This Old...mama Didn't Teach This ....daddy Did

    Things that I found helpful by living this long. The purpose of fighting is to win.. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either... The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. 1. Don't pick a fight with an old man...
    deleted deleted
    16 Responses May 13, 2011

    I have taken more than my fair share of

    physical, mental and emotional abuse over recent years...things that nobody should have to encounter. I have occasional lapses of self doubt- that maybe I deserve it, perhaps I am not meant to live a happy life...but that is not the case. Abuse takes so many forms and can be so...
    Saintlysinner Saintlysinner
    31-35, F
    9 Responses Jun 20, 2015

    Have you ever had a bad day

    that lasted all week
    ladypenelope62 ladypenelope62
    51-55, F
    9 Responses Dec 9, 2015

    People may attack me,

    insult me, offend me... all they´d be doing is throwing dirt on themselves... nothing low and nasty can touch me, I´ll never reply in the same tone or using the same disgusting words, that´s below my dignity as a person. If the one offending me is a man... shame on him, for...
    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Jul 8, 2015

    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 my twin brother who was later diagnosed with aspergers autism (high functioning form of autism. My family struggled for years to find money...
    sfausett33 sfausett33
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 20, 2015

    No one owes you anything.

    Your sucess and failures are all on your head and your head alone. Quit crying about what someone didn't do for you. Quit waiting for a handout. Do you think some fairy godmother or knight in shinning armor was coming to save you? No is coming. This is all on you. Grow up...
    loyalgirl78 loyalgirl78
    36-40, F
    4 Responses May 30, 2015

    I was born with the heart of the warrior,

    ever ready with my sword sharpened... Life may come, but I am no easy win... I will fight back and I will stand... My head raised, for even at my worst death will not claim me... I will rise, I will stand, I will fight...
    BlackBlueBrotha BlackBlueBrotha
    41-45, M
    3 Responses May 23, 2015

    I’m apologizing in advance

    because this experience is going to take a few minutes to read. I have to however start to process what happened in some way and I’m trying this the best way I know how.What I’m about to tell you, happened Saturday night to my son and I. I haven’t been able to...
    SensualPassionbbw SensualPassionbbw
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Apr 7, 2015

    Stronger, seriously? Then

    why do I feel like I am dying inside since the day you walked away from my life. What you did has ruined me beyond fixed. Damn you! May Karma slap you in the face one day. #hurt
    TinkerbellChica TinkerbellChica
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Feb 2, 2015

    I had a cyber friend

    for years, we were very close, then he just left. Makes me sad and I don't know why he abandoned me.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Feb 11, 2016

    God is only putting you thought this

    for a reason have faith and know God is with you. The teacher is always quiet during a test.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Aug 1, 2015

    Does It Really

    I question whether that is true. At most times I don't feel strong at all but weak. Its unnerving how so many people see the strength in me but I can't. I appear as strong but I cower away, how can I be strong if I haven't let go? I can be strong for someone but I can't be...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 10, 2013

    I Respectfully Disagree

    -"What doesn't kill me, will only make me stronger"? It won't make me or you any stronger. What doesn't kill us, only leaves us more broken on the inside, nothing more. It is the courage and the will to press on, in spite of the pain, that becomes the strength we all crave.
    themanoflegends themanoflegends
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Oct 14, 2013

    My wife and I have been separated

    for 6 months. Her living with her parents and me in our house. However tomorrow reality will hit she has rented a house signed a year lease and I have to move her into it. I could sense reconciliation was probably not gonna happen , but tomorrow it will become reality. We have...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 7, 2014

    This was one of the very first posts,

    that I made back in 2011. I have written it again, so that my new friends, or anyone who has never seen it, can get an idea of the major events in my life. Which have done much to make me the person, I now am. Dec. 1959 My mum died, from kidney failure, post partum. Nov. 1966...
    iptbg iptbg
    66-70, M
    5 Responses May 8, 2015

    I know this well,as do many others.

    We have all suffered at some point. I could make a long list. But I know there are millions worse off than me. My father told me pain is fear leaving the body. I should be fearless, but I'm not may never be, but I'm a tuff little B. When all else fails theres music. ! song that...
    TheBeastsPenetratingBlade TheBeastsPenetratingBlade
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 19, 2014

    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 learned how to be strong. I learned an appreciation for life because there were many times I didn't believe I could survive. It...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 16, 2014

    Ten year old is acting inappropriately.

    I cancel his play date after many warnings. He realized it was cancelled came downstairs and flips out. Husband or stupid gets involved. Do you think he defends me or his son as his son is swinging at me? Tells his son he's not acting right and then starts screaming at me...
    alwaysmiling79 alwaysmiling79
    46-50, F
    8 Responses Jun 20, 2015
    The1960texan The1960texan
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Dec 18, 2014

    Megadeth's song "Skin Of My Teeth" has a lyric

    that goes, "and that which doesn't kill me/only makes me stronger" Hell yeah...
    immortalspirit immortalspirit
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Jun 5, 2015

    That's right. So give me your best shot.

    Beat me, rape me, kill me, do everything you can to hurt me but in the end the of day, you will only make me stronger
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Mar 27, 2015

    I've died twice in my lifetime - As a child we

    where at a bathing spot, and my brother and our friends could all swim.. I felt so alone standing with water only up to my hips while the rest of them where out swimming I got so angry so I figured it couldn't me that difficult so I told them I could swim too.. They of course...
    mmx3 mmx3
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 1, 2014

    A message to Pain, Misery,

    Despair and Self Pity. .....You thought you'd win didn't you? Thought you'd add my soul to the collection. Thought it would sit and wallow in its own fear and doubt along with all the others you have claimed? All those you have swallowed up, never to be seen again? Well...
    Contentio Contentio
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Sep 7, 2014

    No Title Would Be Suitable

    I do not have my own place, do not belong to anyone and anywhere. Dreams collapsed in my teenage years. Tales I left in a drawer, I could not throw them away, are there pictures of what to what could be . I lost all that was sacred . I've killed you . I've killed you in me and we...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Oct 19, 2013
    LuckyJonny LuckyJonny
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Mar 25, 2014

    I have been a hard working man all my life.

    I also got fired a couple times, unjustly I may add. # years after leaving the WTC in NYC, my towers didn"t exist anymore. When I lost my last job in Brooklyn, nothing really bad happened but I felt a huge relief now seeing all those wonderful people I worked with, Every...
    BigDave1965 BigDave1965
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 26, 2014

    Knocked down 7 times,

    got up 8. Life is full of ups and downs but each experience has taught me a life lesson and turned me into a person that never quits no matter what. It has made me a stronger person. I may not win today but as long as I keep going and don't quit, I will eventually win.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Jan 16, 2015

    I Believe...

    That even when you think you are exhausted and have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help. That heros are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. That the people you care most...
    Mcinacann Mcinacann
    41-45, F
    Oct 31, 2013

    What doesn't kill me will make me stronger.

    I have been through a lot of ups and downs in my life .Some things were a lot more pleasant and easier to go through than others and a lot of times I didn't know if I had the strength in me to make it through it but I took a deep breath and carried my way through it and here I...
    janie43 janie43
    46-50, F
    Jun 4, 2014

    I have had many trying times in my life.

    My family life was wrecked from issues that came long before me but I was a convenient scape goat. I rose above it and now am happier. I cherish my family life that I have now. I have seen people die, I have seen others kill themselves, slowly and instantly. I have lost many a...
    sunnyshellkitty sunnyshellkitty
    26-30, F
    Feb 1, 2014
    dove9 dove9
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 8, 2014

    I loved a person dearly.

    I still do but I can't be with him. I know that it hurts like hell when we parted ways but it didn't kill me. not physically. it seemed to kill a part of my spirit though. I know I'm stronger because I felt his love, felt love in my life. love so unconditional, so passionate...
    Melody47 Melody47
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Apr 20, 2014

    Have a cry...it's ok to cry,

    it's called being human. what doesn't kill us, does make us stronger, but you must take the time to process and reflect, the situation, cry it out, and when you're ready, to move on, you will know. Don't let anyone tell you when that time, is, no one can tell you how to feel...
    Luckycharm2014 Luckycharm2014
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 2, 2014

    This is kind of crap.

    Ive been through situations where it should have killed me. In a way it has made me strong but yet also weak. I still harbor a lot of hurt and pain from the past. I can't get past some things that happened to me. And it has left me a mistrusting person. I have a husband which i...
    WhisperingEchoes WhisperingEchoes
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Aug 18, 2014

    So I lost my lifelong best friend of 25 years

    on Wednesday at half-past midnight. He died from complications of an operation to remove a terminal brain tumour. It was the saddest most painful experience of my life, and whilst having medical knowledge helped me comprehend his situation and appreciate his lack of pain, it...
    jahosijhs jahosijhs
    31-35, M
    7 Responses Nov 8, 2014

    this is something I to know to be true,

    yet I feel so weak with hardly any strength at all....very disturbing to what I believe....I am confused how I can feel this way again....I should not have let myself get to this point again... I know better, in know I will overcome yet another obstacle in life....
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses May 28, 2015

    Trouble Is On A Roll!

    A belief run-down on the past few days. I am overwhelmed with troubles! I have no other choice but to ...list the mishaps of my life that are occurring these days. Too much emotions and no words to express my pain. 1. I need to be with my love... alllll the time. I mourn for him...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Oct 2, 2013

    A man was walking home

    when he spotted a butterfly struggling to get out of her cocoon. He watched her for several hours, trying to squeeze out of the tiny hole. Then she stopped, as if she could go no further.Feeling sorry for the helpless creature, the man took a pair of scissors and cut away the...
    KalonaAyeliski KalonaAyeliski
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2014

    Did my parents fighting

    for years kill me? No. Did my parents separation kill me? No. Did my parents fighting over us kids kill me? No. Did my deceiving, mental dad kill me? No. Did depression and stress kill me? No. Did my parents divorce kill me? No. Did finding out my dad was a mental, mean, control...
    PineconePople PineconePople
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jan 3, 2014

    This Is True, But It Is Tough To Get Strong.

    These things didn't kill me, but they did make me a stronger person: I buried both my parents; I'm an orphan and an only child. My wife had a miscarriage; and it sucked for both of us, but most especially her. I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, pulled my own ripcord and...
    danbtaylor danbtaylor
    36-40, M
    1 Response Oct 18, 2013

    I found out I was adopted

    when sister told me during an argument as a 10 year old. Ironically this was probably a blessing in disguise because I didn't truly understand what it meant. I slowly grew in to the concept that I was not born to my mother, and that I was possibly rejected by my biological...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jun 16, 2014

    I cant go any further.

    ... ONE MORE LAP. I cant see straight, just focus... don't get along with someone, learn to get along... or not. your choice.. You cannot control EVERYTHING in your life, but you can control a lot of it. The things you can control make the most of, go all out... live life and...
    deleted deleted
    Dec 12, 2013

    In my lifetime, I have experienced a lot of joy

    and a whole lot of pain. Physical, emotional, spiritual...I think that we go through things that will ultimately change us for the good or bad. Depending on which road you take. Every day we are all faced with a fork in the road, not always gonna take the path we should take...
    MsUnderstanding MsUnderstanding
    36-40, F
    Oct 16, 2014

    I have been through a lot in my life

    and was always told how to fix things. It took a while but I realized I had to listen to myself as well as teach myself the way. I had to build my own path and not let someone else do it for me... These are the steps I have taken... I thought I had to have sex to be happy... I...
    tig1991 tig1991
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 30, 2014

    I know this for a fact

    after everything I've been through in my life I think I'm a better person more cerebral and less physical and more conscious of peoples feelings and needs than before my accident and I've learned there is always a way no matter how impossible it looks.
    Wheels64 Wheels64
    46-50, M
    1 Response Aug 19, 2014

    The reason this is so true to me,

    is because I am a sayan. Only anime, manga people may get that.
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Apr 22, 2014

    I have been hurt so many ******* Times I feel

    broken and weak but I am still living God helps me and the devil can't touch me
    savigirl14 savigirl14
    18-21, F
    Jan 4, 2015

    I know this well,as do many others.

    We have all suffered at some point. I could make a long list. But I know there are millions worse off than me. My father told me pain is fear leaving the body. I should be fearless, but I'm not may never be, but I'm a tuff little B. When all else fails theres music. ! song that...
    FiestySecret FiestySecret
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 17, 2014

    i think i can make it

    though anything after what i have been though the 11 years. it started with me going to Iraq back in 04. when i sign up i knew that I would be going to war it was just a matter of time when and where i'll be going. well in 2004 i found out i was going to the sandbox as we...
    jsmith19941978 jsmith19941978
    36-40, M
    Jan 29, 2015

    This is very true as long

    as you don't let whatever it was really get you down. You need to learn from your hardship and let it become a strength instead of letting it be a constant thorn in your foot that you feel every time you take a step. That thorn will keep poking you until you are able to...
    Jericho7 Jericho7
    36-40, M
    May 15, 2014
    Sproketsocet Sproketsocet
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Oct 23, 2014

    I lost my father a couple of years ago.

    he was very well off when he died my father,left me stuff and money but my family stole everything from me. so now I am fighting them in court for years now I am struggling a lot and now my lovely sister is kicking me out of my home because of the estate. I haven't never felt...
    nativedesires nativedesires
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 30, 2015

    Sex and the Autistic Teenager

    Okay, a little back story first.  My oldest son is 16 and high functioning autistic.  He’s quite intelligent but has problems seeing what we feel are the obvious.   Just try having the ‘sex talk’ which a person who takes everything literally...
    goddessone goddessone
    41-45, F
    39 Responses Jul 21, 2008

    Just Speed Bumps

    To get to where you are trying to go, sometimes you have to cross speed bumps. That's all trying times are in life. I don't think any of us are without our times of hardship, or if we are, there is a good reason. =P There is a reason why there are so many songs about love, and...
    Odetothemoon Odetothemoon
    26-30, M
    Jan 9, 2012

    I'm 47, last year I gave up my home of 12 years,

    well paid job and my closeness to daughter & friends to move to the other end of the country to care for my father during and after a health emergency. The choice was that or full time care for them by 'strangers' who may well be 'foriegners' at great cost, the 3 things my aged...
    LuckyJonny LuckyJonny
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2014

    i have been through a lot in my live.

    more then most is some ways. but through it all i had one thing to help me through it all. not family not friends..God!!! he was there through it all and HE brought me through it.. some things i went through still hurt when i think about them adn at that time no one could help...
    ruforme ruforme
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Jan 27, 2014
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