resilient: (of a substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being compressed.

Bending stretching or being compressed. Whew! If those aren't action words for what HIV does and makes you do I don't know what is. It's the meaty part of the definition I'm focused on though. That's what matters. Where it says "to be able to recoil or spring back into shape". I'm a little older so my spring is more like a bounce, but it still works! My bounce back game is strong!

I love the word resilient. It's always implied strength and flexibility even before my diagnosis. It's a triumph trigger word for me. Most times we think of trigger words as a negative thing that brings trauma into focus, but I like balance in all aspects of my life. For trauma triggers you need a counterbalance of joy triggers to bring you back to center. Resilience and all the things you do to create that feeling are that balance.

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