Sounds like a gimmicky ad, right? Get muscles like this guy without even lifting your pinkie finger, let alone a dumbbell. Not possible, you say? Well...okay, fine you're right. But, who wants to look like that guy anyway? He probably can't even feed himself with those arms.
I'm talking about a different kind of strong. Let me explain.
My daughter was born obsessed with princesses. Against all my best efforts—buying her much cooler toys like Business Executive BARBIE and Periodic Table Building Blocks—my daughter stood firm: she loved all things princess. Damsel-in-distress, pink, wearing shoes that kept slipping off her feet...she was the real deal.
And then it happened. She said to me one morning in passing, as though it wasn't the biggest announcement in her little life, "Mommy, my favorite princesses are Mulan and Pocahontas because they're so strong."
I wiped a proud tear from my eye and hugged my daughter, knowing that she would be okay in life.
You see, strong doesn't have to mean strong...err..strong doesn't mean physical...uhhh....I see how this article is going to get really confusing really quickly. Let me start over.
Strong, while on one hand referring to a state of physical well-being, can also mean so much more than that. To me, strong means happy. Let me say that again, with emphasis and standing apart from any other words so you know how serious I am about it.
Strong. Means. Happy.
Did you like the periods I added for effect? Me too. When you're happy, you've got a strength attached to you that is really hard to shake. You can stand up firmly for your ideas and convictions because you feel confident in them. And, how do you feel happiness? This is a serious topic that volumes of books written by exponentially more brain-studying people than me have explored, but one idea (that I'm a big believer in) is that you feel happiness when you feel true to yourself.
I like to call it Owning Your Own Strong. When you follow your true life path instead of listening to the noise of others, you have a chance to find real happiness. And, when you're really truly happy, (let's say it all together now), you are STRONG.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a Pocahontas costume to try to find on Amazon. You'd be surprised how hard they are to track down...I guess there are lots of little girls out there excited to be strong princesses.
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