That is the question I am asking myself right now. I grew up knowing that my name meant "warrior" because my parents had framed calligraphy of all our family names and what they meant hanging on the wall of our family home. If you do a search on meaning of Kelly, you will find "war, strife, bright-headed". I was bright headed as a child.
I do not feel like a warrior at all right now. I feel weak and scared and defeated and overwhelmed.
Thankfully the definition of a warrior according to Merriam-Webster is broadly put, "a person engaged in some struggle or conflict." I say thankfully because 'warrior' seems like such a strong word, but only because we attach that meaning to it. A person engaged in the struggle must be endlessly strong. Right? Wrong. However in reality, warriors get tired and overwhelmed. Though I do believe if someone is in engaged in a struggle or conflict, they must have some inner strength (or be relying on the strength of another) if they are still fighting. But, warriors need rest and rejuvenation.
So, my dear readers, whatever conflict or struggle you are engaged in, know that you are a warrior. We can be weak, stressed, broken, abused, overwhelmed, kicked down, and afraid. Chronic illness does not take a break in fighting, but we need to give ourselves permission to take a break to renew our minds,our bodies and our spirits even if it is simply in minutes of resting our minds in a cozy chair with a warm cup of tea or perhaps a bit more like settling in with an inspirational book, for me: the Bible or a whole weekend devoted to rest. And then we must make sure to stand back up again emotionally, spiritually and physically. (Can you tell this pep talk is for myself?)
Look in the mirror and know you are a warrior. And do not forget to look around. You are not alone.