I recently said to someone that they were “tough” after their VHL surgery that had a lot of unexpected complications and they replied, jokingly, “that’s an understatement!” So I tried again and said that I meant that they were “resilient”.
What I think about this idea is described here, for example*. Resilience is like:
… taking a raft trip down a river... you may encounter rapids, turns, slow water and shallows... Being resilient does not mean that a person doesn't experience difficulty or distress
… Developing resilience is a personal journey. People do not all react the same to traumatic and stressful life events. An approach to building resilience that works for one person might not work for another. People use varying strategies
*The Road to Resilience
Resilience: Build skills to endure hardship
also see PART 2...
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