Several years ago, our friend Mickey had t-shirts made for our workout group we used to refer to as Sheri’s Gym. The back has the phrase, “I’m stronger than I look.” I wear mine with pride. It was meant to bolster our confidence and remind us that sweating and lifting weights in the early morning would make us stronger.
Whether they exercise or not, I know lots of strong women. I was raised by one and I tend to surround myself with them. They inspire me. They are the looking glass I use to pinpoint my areas that need improvement. Sometimes they scare me with their decisions. But, I watch and learn.
Am I physically stronger than I look? Probably yes, thanks to Abby (she used to be our trainer). Am I mentally stronger than I look? The jury’s still out. Am I emotionally stronger than I look? No. I am a weenie.
I wore my shirt so much it finally fell apart. I miss it. Funny thing, I used to wear it to the gym. Some guy came up to me and said, “You don’t look strange to me.” I thought, “Ok this guy is weird.” Then I realized he misread my shirt, so I went up and clarified to him that it said ‘strong’ not ‘strange’. We had a good laugh.
Another time I was wearing the shirt and had just come from working out. I noticed a man out of the corner of my eye approaching my car as I was loading groceries at the store. I turned on a dime and almost slugged him as he got in my personal space. It was an older man who said he "needed money to fill his prescription". I told him it was a very bad idea to sneak up on someone. I think I scared him more than he scared me. I had to chuckle because I was wearing that shirt.
I don’t consider myself mentally strong – but have the great knack of compartmentalizing bad things or things I don’t care to deal with at the time. It enables me to look stronger than I am.