What doesn’t kill you…

Doesn’t make you stronger. They lied.

Ok, maybe the first few times one encounters a non-fatal, strengthening adversity. Maybe it works then. But over and over and over? Time and again? Nope. It no longer makes you stronger. It chips away at pieces of your soul. It slowly yet painfully tugs at the very essence of who you are. Think gently pulling at a Band-Aid instead of just yanking it off. That tiny tug doesn’t seem like much in context, but really, each tug hurts — a lot.

That’s how it is with repeated adversity. A chipping. A tugging. It’s bullshit, for lack of a better word.

It makes me mad. what-doesnt-kill-you-makes-you-stronger-funny-quotes

It makes me crazy. Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 4.43.07 PM

It makes me sad.imgres

It makes me quite unpleasant to be around. imgres

It makes me question the karmic justice.imagesPardon the language, but it’s true.



thank you, google images.


8 Comments on “What doesn’t kill you…”

  1. David Benbow says:

    Ok, I think I’ll give you a flamethrower for Christmas. You can probably come up with a few good uses for it.

  2. Barb Fernald says:

    Right there with you today.

  3. Nietzsche famously said ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ But what he failed to stress is that it almost kills you. Disappointment stings and, for driven, successful people like yourselves it is disorienting. What Nietzsche should have said is, ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you watch a lot of Cartoon Network and drink mid-price Chardonnay at 11 in the morning.’ – Conan O’Brien

  4. Yep. Too many slow tugs on that bandaid, indeed. ~Catherine

  5. REC says:

    We are on the same wavelength for sure . . . so sick of people who say — “What’s the prob, your cancer is gone now, right?”

  6. […] Rachel only to see them stolen from us too soon by cancer. And it is hard not to disagree with the Pink Underbelly when she points out that repeated adversity “chips away at pieces of your soul. It slowly yet […]

  7. Editor says:

    Of course they lied. But if they had told the truth, then you wouldn’t have those great google images 🙂

  8. […] I wrote about the idea that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’ve been thinking about this, too, today. As I drove to my friend’s house to deliver […]

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