what does it mean to “be strong”?

what does it mean when someone says they think you are strong? is that a good thing? or does that mean that they feel sorry for you?

should i thank them? or should i question why they say that? should i feel proud? or embarrassed?

do i have a choice in the matter? am i like the hero who chooses to go out and slay a dragon? or am i more like the person who survives the holocaust? in other words, what choice did i have? if i don’t get out of bed every day, what else could i do? is there even a choice to be made?

then, it gets back to the question, am i really strong after all?