Since when was Strong a look? An aesthetic? Equated with muscle definition, six pack abs, and bulging biceps? Sure, these visuals may make someone strong (and, girl, if you've got a six pack we know you've earned it so congrats!). But Strong is so much more than a nice set of quads and triceps without wings.
Strong is physical.
Strong is pure gumption. It's not a stomach that doesn't fold. Or a cellulite-free ass. Strong is pure grit no matter what size your pants are.
It's your body's ability to show up in the clutch and against all odds and deliver.
Can you take the stairs? You're strong.
Can you lift the weight? You're Strong.
Can you summit the mountain? Strong!
Can you run the 5k? Strong!
Can you walk it? Also Strong!
Hold the pose? Strong!
Get out of bed when you just don't feel like it? So damn Strong.
You get the idea.
Gina here can deadlift 400lbs—4-0-0-P-O-U-N-D-S!! And her shirt didn't rip open dramatically a la Incredible Hulk and she has never fit into a size medium. And she is really fucking Strong. I mean, look at those quads in her Girl In The Wild Adventure Leggings (size 18, thank you very much). Holy hell—she could probably pull a truck. So don't ever count her out.
Strong is emotional.
Strong is synonymous with vulnerability. #Truefact
Strong is asking for help when you need it and offering it to others when you don't.
It's crying if you feel like it and have zero apologies for that.
Strong is choosing to rest and it's choose to lead the charge. It just depends on the day.
Strong is facing fear and walking with it through fire because you know you can.
And Strong is reaching out for a supportive hand when you fall. Because men the bravest warriors struggle.
Strong is intellectual.
Strong is choosing kindness when it's easier to choose contempt.
Strong is doing the hard work.
It's pushing through discomfort to earn the prize. To achieve the goal. To be better.
The lesson here is a simple one: We are all strong.