Vulnerability is being open to being emotionally attacked. This is extremely scary, but it is also so rewarding.
Why is it so hard to open up to people and to let people see the real you? Why does it seem so much easier for someone else to live their truth or their dream life? The answer is that it is scary to be vulnerable. It is scary to give people the opportunity to not like or maybe even hate the real you. It is much easier to let someone not like a part of you that isn’t even real.
There are a few reasons that I wanted to write about this topic, but the main one is that recently my friend, Paige, and I were having a conversation. She and I were talking about this book she had listened to and it was about a woman living her life fearlessly and as her true self. Paige and I were talking about how we were both, in a way, jealous of this woman just living her life.
We all have the opportunity to live our lives as we want, but in order to do that we need to be willing to be vulnerable about who we are and what we want.
Sometimes we know what we want but we are scared of speaking our truth for fear of being judged. I get how scary it can be.
What I want to know is why is this normal? Why should it be normal to want to hide parts of you because that is easier than it is to communicate your wants and needs. Why should you not want to stand up for everything you believe in?
I think in the day and age of social media it has gotten harder in a different way. You may be scared to say your true thoughts to people in real life but on the internet you feel comfortable saying what you want to say. As I am sitting here typing this I realize that this is sort of true for my life. I definitely do not open up to people as easily in person as I do on my blog. For me, I know taking away that in person contact allows me to open up in a new way. I also know that that is not really healthy. Being able to openly talk to people in person is an important skill to have.
Every day is a chance to learn and grow as a person. I know I want to work towards being a person that is open about all areas of my life whether I am talking to someone online or in real life. I want to learn to be okay with getting uncomfortable and being vulnerable. I know great things come from being completely open and honest.
I think living your life being as open as you can to new situations, new people, and new learning opportunities is a way to live your best life.
When the walls start going back up, remember to break them down.
You deserve to live your most authentic life and to have everything you could ever desire.
You are worthy of happiness. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of being exactly who you are.
Show up for yourself and show up for others.
Be willing to let vulnerability into your life and your life will start to change for the better, I promise.
Until next time,