Strength can be measured in many ways, but the strength to forge a new path for yourself despite the pain and uncertainty is best described as resolve.
Resolve to cast off what I've known as a snake sheds a skin; to cut myself off completely from the life I currently live as if amputating a limb; all things that take a huge amount of resolve. I know that to move forward, I must leave where I am. But to leave where I am is both the right thing to do, and also one of the most painful decisions I have ever made. Be it angel or demon watching over me I do not care, as long as whatever power that is grants me the resolve to see this through. See me through the pain, confusion, agony, and hate that is sure to come. I am done asking for miracles or for someone or something else to do what only I can do. I only ask for the resolve to carry out what is my fate.