Vulnerability is not weakness.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, love, and belonging.
Vulnerability is about showing up and allowing yourself to be seen, talking about what you are feeling, asking for what you need, having hard conversations, and having trust, intimacy, and connection with others. This is what vulnerability is.
Vulnerability is about living life with nothing to hide and nothing to prove. When we expose ourselves emotionally to others the strength of our relationships sky rockets. Living life with everything revealed allows us to be so much more free from worry and doubt. It allows us to be who we are and be happy with that person.
So many people associate vulnerability with weakness, but that is the complete opposite of the truth. I believe that vulnerability is synonymous with strength. Allowing ourselves to be seen by others is extremely tough, but when we do so it is incredible what happens in our lives.
Theodore Roosevelt said “it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
This is true in every sense and I think it is a concept that we should strive to live by in our everyday lives.
Open yourself to others. Wear your flaws proudly. Ask difficult questions. Talk about how you feel. Have hard conversations. Allow yourself to be seen.
Embrace vulnerability; it is the opposite of weakness.