These images got me thinking about strength.
Physically, I’m definitely not the strongest of the bunch (yet) but despite that 5ft, petite build, I know I’m capable of so much more than I’m given credit for. Confrontation isn’t my strong point but in terms of resilience? Now, that I’ve got a little more of a handle on.
Resilience isn’t about being aggressive. It’s about picking yourself back up again. It’s perseverance when things feel worse than ever. It’s a muscle we exercise every day, building it up for when we need it most, surrounding ourselves with the right people, making decisions to protect our happiness and adapting certain beliefs and values to mirror humility.
I’m tremendously proud and consistently impressed by the strength and resiliency that those around me possess and that you, reading this, possess. The things you’ve all individually gone through and the pain you’ve suffered and persevered with compares to that of no one else. I know many of you have experienced the unimaginable and I know that it’s been harder and still is harder than anyone will ever know but you’re one of the bravest, strongest, most incredible people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Please never forget that.
Don’t lose faith in a society that gives us every reason to.
Your struggles don’t define you.
Black Hooded Sweatshirt – Ivy Park at Topshop
High Waited Knicker Set – As Before
Shoes – As Before
Photos by Sarah Ellis of Here’s To: Photography
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