If you’ve experienced these 9 things in life, you’re stronger than 95% of people

Eliza Hartley by Eliza Hartley | July 13, 2024, 12:31 pm

We’ve all had moments when life knocks us down.

Moments when we feel weak, like we can’t take another step forward.

But let me tell you something…

You’re stronger than you think.

You’ve weathered storms, overcome obstacles, and endured pain.

Yet here you are, standing tall and resilient.

We often underestimate our own strength.

We go through hard times and come out on the other side, not realizing how much stronger we’ve become.

If you’ve experienced certain things in life, chances are, you’re stronger than 95% of people out there.

Now, this isn’t to belittle anyone’s struggles or experiences.

Life is tough for everyone in different ways.

But if you’ve gone through these specific experiences I’m about to share with you, it’s likely that your fortitude surpasses most.

Intrigued? Let’s explore this together.

1) Loss has been your companion

Life has a cruel way of teaching us lessons, doesn’t it?

I remember losing my grandfather when I was just 10.

It was my first real encounter with loss.

The grief was unbearable, the void, irreplaceable.

But as time passed, I realized that the pain was making me stronger, shaping me into someone who could handle adversity.

If you’ve experienced loss – be it the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or the loss of a job – you’ve likely developed an inner strength that many people lack. 

Loss teaches us resilience, patience, and empathy.

It makes us value what we have and reminds us not to take things for granted.

2) You’ve faced financial hardship

Money troubles. We’ve all had them at some point.

I recall a time in my life where I was living paycheck to paycheck, with no savings to fall back on. It was a hard reality to face.

But it taught me the importance of financial security and led me to make better decisions about money.

Navigating through monetary struggles not only builds immense resilience but also gives you a unique perspective on life’s priorities. 

Trust me, once you’ve hit rock bottom financially, you become determined to never go back there again.

3) You’ve lived through a global pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented global crisis.

Beyond the devastating loss of human life, the pandemic has also wreaked havoc on economies, mental health, and our daily routines.

Living through a global pandemic is not something most people ever expect to experience.

But here we are, adapting to new ways of working, learning, and interacting with one another.

Surviving such a crisis requires exceptional strength and adaptability.

The stress and uncertainty can be overwhelming. 

Yet, if you’ve made it this far, you’ve shown a level of resilience that sets you apart. 

Your ability to adapt to changing circumstances and embrace the “new normal” is a testament to your inner strength.

4) You’ve battled with mental health issues

Living with a mental health condition is like fighting a war where the enemy is invisible and inside your own mind.

The battle can be exhausting, relentless, and often misunderstood by those around you.

Whether it’s depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health issue, it takes immense strength to wake up every day and continue the fight.

Despite the stigma and misunderstanding that often surrounds mental health, those who live with these conditions show a level of bravery and resilience that is truly admirable. 

You’ve faced some of the darkest moments life can offer and yet, you’re still standing.

That’s not just strength – that’s courage.

5) You’ve survived a personal failure

I’ll never forget the day I was let go from my first job. I felt like a failure.

I questioned my abilities and wondered if I was cut out for the professional world.

But, despite the humiliation and self-doubt, that experience taught me so much.

It made me realize that failure isn’t the end of the world – it’s simply an opportunity to learn, grow, and come back stronger.

Experiencing failure can feel like you’ve been knocked down, but it’s the getting back up that proves your strength.

It’s in those moments of picking up the pieces and starting again that you truly realize your resilience.

6)  You’ve lived through a natural disaster

Natural disasters – earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires – they all bring about a level of destruction and chaos that’s hard to comprehend unless you’ve been through it.

The fear, the uncertainty, the loss – it’s a life-altering experience.

Surviving a natural disaster means you’ve seen the worst side of Mother Nature, and you’ve come out on the other side. 

It takes immense strength to rebuild your life after such devastation.

And if you’ve done that, you’re undeniably a force to be reckoned with.

7)  You’ve overcome a health challenge

Battling a health challenge – whether it’s a chronic illness, serious injury, or life-threatening disease – requires a level of strength that’s hard to put into words. 

It’s not just about physical endurance; it’s about mental and emotional resilience too.

8) You’ve experienced discrimination or bullying

The feeling of being judged or targeted because of your ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality or any other characteristic is incredibly painful and challenging to endure. 

Yet, overcoming such adversity can mold one into an incredibly strong individual.

If you’ve faced discrimination or bullying and stood up against it or simply survived it, you’ve displayed courage that quite frankly is beyond the grasp of those who have never experienced such adversity.

9) You’ve made it through heartbreak

Heartbreak is universal.

It’s something most of us have experienced at some point in our lives.

When my first serious relationship ended, the pain was intense.

But as time passed, I healed and grew from the experience.

I became stronger.

Enduring heartbreak and coming out on the other side is a testament to human resilience.

It’s proof of our ability to heal, to hope, and to love again.

If you’ve experienced these things in life, let me tell you, you’re stronger than you give yourself credit for. 

Life may have knocked you down, but it also taught you how to get back up. 

And that, my friend, is the true measure of strength.