Being vulnerable by definition means you are capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt. This hurt can come in forms of physical or emotional pain. This hurt can come from strangers, people you know, and people you love. This hurt can destroy your spirit or break your body. This hurt can prevent you from taking chances and missing out on greatness.
What the definition fails to mention that being vulnerable can bring you great things, amazing people, love, peace, and happiness. Being vulnerable means speaking your truth, because your truth is the authentic you. Being vulnerable means opening up your spirit to happiness, but being able to be at peace if that happiness doesn’t happen. Being vulnerable means opening your heart to others, so that you can learn from them. Being vulnerable means being brave enough to go after what you want, even knowing that you will not always get the outcome you want. Being vulnerable means standing up for what you believe, even if it means people turn their back on you. Being vulnerable means sharing your story, so that you can heal. Being vulnerable means being scared, but doing it anyway.
This week alone, has challenged me a few times to be vulnerable. I have been challenged to be vulnerable about sharing my story with others, but more important with my daughter. I have been challenged to be vulnerable by saying that I can no longer be friends with you if you choose to defend hatred. I have been challenged to be vulnerable by sharing my feelings with somebody who I believe was put on my path for reason & that I could learn more from, knowing that I could be rejected. Each of these times made me shake a little. Each of these times took a pep talk from my inner warrior. Each of these times made me grow a little. Each of these times made feel more confident. Each of these times made me more true to myself.
I was vulnerable this week. I was brave this week. I grew this week by being true to myself. That does not mean that with each instance of being vulnerable that the outcome was always positive. That does not mean that with each instance that there weren’t consequences. That does not mean that with each instance there wasn’t a little sadness and disappointment. It does mean that I was true to myself. It does mean that I spoke what was in my heart. It does mean that I tried. It does mean that I was vulnerable and that was a huge step forward on my journey. I am willing to continue to be vulnerable because I know that that is the part of the path to joy, empathy, belonging, courage, growth, authenticity, love from others, but most important of all, love of myself.
Go out today and be vulnerable.