Nowdays I still meet people who think being strong means not to show emotions. They think being strong is taking care of themselves not needing anyone. That if they need help or show vulnerability they are needy and worthless.
Strength is NOT Emotionless. Many times people have told me I am really strong. Well, it’s certainly not because I am emotionless. I share my worries, I reach out for help, I cry too when I feel so (yes, in front of people too). Showing your emotions and speaking your mind is not “needy”, is an strength. Along my whole life I feel I have built strong and meaningful friendships and connections. And it has been by sharing, also when things didn’t go that well or when I needed help.
If you share with others, also your emotions-worries-concerns, you are actually showing strength. You are accepting and embracing who you are fully without feeling afraid of judgement. And, not only that, by doing so, you allow others to express themselves and share too. In this way, we create deep and meaningful relationships.
Mui Wo Ferry, Hong Kong