I’m Actually A Lot Stronger Than I Think

I just learnt this recently

Sharon Stephen
2 min readDec 8, 2022
Photo by John Arano on Unsplash

I share parts of my life to people on my WhatsApp contact list through the WhatsApp status feature.

It can be deceptive.

I’m smiling, laughing and I seem to be living my best life.

But there have been times where I was in such deep pain and only a few were able to detect that I was hiding behind the jokes and memes and the fake smiles.

I was hurting. A whole lot.

But in the midst of the hurt, the pain, the ‘suffering’.

I always made time to enjoy myself.

This kinda sounds contradictory. Lool.

I’d hang out with friends when I can, I’d share a joke, sometimes I’d write out words of encouragement to myself and share to people.

Because even though life isn’t happening like I imagined it would, I’ve realized that life is very precious and this one life is all I have. So even in the midst of all the pain, I find little pockets of happiness here and there.

I didn’t realize this, but I’m actually a lot stronger than I think I am.

Because I don’t allow myself wallow in negative emotions for as long and I try to push myself out of this phase every time.

I’m not saying I’m doing a perfect job. But I know that I’m definitely trying my hardest to push through.

I’ve honestly just accepted that life would probably do its own thing and there’s a lot that’s not in my control. But I’m determined to make the most out of what’s in my control.

I’ve decided to spend time with people that I love and people that are around me. Because honestly, there’s not much to life than to just enjoy what you can while you can.



Sharon Stephen

A young Nigerian woman, sharing her thoughts and feelings, while hoping that you find solace or solidarity in her written words. 💜