Do you think these men and women were born strong? No, they worked for it, and they worked (and continue to work) HARD for it! You will be surprised to know how many of these people have a very similar story to yours. These strong men and women don’t care if you are squatting 100lbs or 500lbs, they mainly care about personality and determination. They will judge you by your work ethic & attitude, not the weight on the bar.
So next time you come across one of these people don’t be afraid to talk to them. Ask them about their story, ask them for help, ask them if you could train with them. You may be surprised at the outcome. (Just don’t ask them right before a heavy deadlift set). But remember that you have to bring something to the training session as well and negativity & laziness is not something you want to bring. A good attitude and work ethic are imperative. The people you maybe once saw as strong and intimidating could be the motivation you need to reach the next level in your training.