19 thoughts on “I wish someone would realize that I’m not as strong as I seem.”

  1. I know exactly how you feel. i always feel like i have to create a mask for every occasion, just to cover up my insecurities and faults

  2. The best treatment for a shattered life IS to keep pretending and maybe you’ll eventually realize you indeed are strong. Why would that scare you? Keep up the front and if it’s not already happened, you one day will become strong BECAUSE of your shattered life. Use your pains and hurts to grow. Also, helping others is an AMAZING way to heal….

  3. I do that too. I am the most optimistic and happy person out of my group of friends. It is mostly pretend. I do it for those moments where it feels real but also because my friends think they had hard lives and I HAVE to be their rock.

  4. Some times letting the mask go is the hardest thing in life. Know that there is beauty in the breakdown and people do care. If your friends have had hard lives too then they will be there for you because they understand what it is like to live with struggles. Being vulnerable can make friendships stronger and create a large support system. You ARE strong for keeping the front, but sharing will only make you STRONGER and you’ll have a support system to help you when you think you aren’t strong anymore. I was in the same boat as you for a very long time, but one day I got the courage to share my story with my friends. Since then, I can count on each and every one of them to be there for me if i ever need anything. I was lucky, and I think that you can be too.

  5. I so identify with this secret. I’m so used that being strong I can’t even express sadness anymore!

  6. I also can really relate and i have no advice because i haven’t figured out how to take the mask off either. You are not alone

  7. I know that feeling. I am cynical, yet hopefully optimistic. I pretend to be tough and strong, but on the inside, I feel like I am breaking inside. I am constantly praying that someone could just see inside of me and see how weak and broken I feel and just give me a hug and tell me that I am stronger than I think and that everything is going to be ok.

  8. I let my guard down a couple of times and everyone treated me differently. It was like who are they going to load their problem off on now. I was like their rock.

  9. “Fake it until you make it”, right? I can relate so well, my husband doesn’t understand why I ask him to stand up for me because he thinks I can take on anything in the world and be okay. Which, in reality, I am the weakest person I know. And all I can do is dwell on my shattered life, in secret.

  10. I never realized that this described me until i read it and couldn’t hold back the tears..

  11. I can really relate to this. I’ve been strong on the outside for many years, but on the inside I’m broken. I keep it a secret so that my family won’t worry about me.

  12. I can relate to this so much it hurts. I fake a smile everyday, nobody know what my laugh sounds like, not even me.

  13. I feel like this also, I think that if I be who soft, timid and shy I will appear weak and the world will crush me with one finger everyday I see people getting pushed over, and some times I can stand up to them and not raise a commotion, because my character is a loud person. I know everyone hates me, I always hear that part of the conversation and I know if I didnt keep my facade and shield up I would have been bulldozed and probably bullied into nothing… 🙁

  14. I feel the same way, and the only people that make me feel safe and okay are my favourite YouTubers. Everybody says I’m too attached to them, that they’re just YouTubers, that I’ll never meet them and they’ll never know me, and I know they’re right, but I trust them more than anyone else.

    Thank you, Dan and Phil.

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