What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger –
We have heard this phrase many times and you may likely have heard the song ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ by Kelly Clarkson.
This is a good phrase and applies to many areas of our lives. I like these phrases and songs – they inspire me!
So what does this phrase mean to you and me and how do we apply it to us, our lives and our souls? My series of posts ‘Thoughts From Years Past’ will be coming to an end in the next couple of weeks. These posts came from thoughts I documented back in 2004. These posts outline my early life until the final chapter which concludes with the decision to end my life. Yes, the depression is severe and the suicide attempts will take place and the many years of therapy will follow resulting in a new understanding of me and my life.
So Kelly Clarkson’s song is an anthem for me that resonates through me because what did not kill me; my depression, my suicide attempts and myself, made me stronger!
Some of the lyrics from ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ –
You think you got the best of me
Think you had the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I’d come running back
Baby you don’t know me, cause you’re dead wrong
You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You try to break me
These lyrics I sing loudly to depression. Because it did not kill me, I am stronger; my mind is stronger, my thinking is stronger, my soul is stronger, my life is stronger.
thebestbrainpossible.com article ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger‘ includes the following –
That quote is attributed to the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Actually, he said it much more eloquently: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” It turns out that he was right.
Studies have shown that some trauma survivors report positive changes and enhanced personal development, called post traumatic growth (PTG). PTG refers to any beneficial change resulting from a major life crisis or traumatic event, but people most commonly experience a positive shift by having a renewed appreciation for life; adopting a new world view with new possibilities for themselves; feeling more personal strength; feeling more satisfied spiritually, and/or their relationships improve.
And I conclude my singing with the following words also from the lyrics ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ –
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I, just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
This is my anthem, my song I sing and rejoice to, because what didn’t kill me made me stronger!