Vulnerability. What a terrifying word. The mistake most of us make is that we view vulnerability as a weakness, when it’s really a strength. I’ve learned that you can’t selectively numb. You can’t numb the pain or sadness without also numbing the happiness and joy. The only way to fully immerse yourself in the deep, primal emotions that we are meant to feel in this lifetime is to live life vulnerably (the author refers to this as living wholeheartedly), not guarded; and it is absolutely safe to say that I’ve lived a pretty guarded life for the bulk of my 29 years here on this Earth – and honestly, I’m willing to bet the majority of you reading this have as well. I don’t think you realize you’re existing with these high, thick, impenetrable walls around you, forged by no one but yourself, until you learn about vulnerability, what it means, and what it looks like. I swore I lived a vulnerable life until a little over a year ago, when I met someone whom I felt was my mirror, and I was forced to see the truth. So don’t worry, we all go through this phase of awakening and self-realization, and I think you’ll agree that it’s the most exhausting, yet empowering time of your life.
I, myself, am still coming to terms with the fact that this is the only way to live, and yet this is something that I sincerely hope everyone dives into in their lifetimes. My entire perspective on life, my outlook on things that happen, and how I choose to deal with them, is shifting in a positive direction daily, thanks to Brene Brown. She is the instructor of this online course that I’ve linked above in this post, and the author of the amazing book that I’m almost finished reading called Daring Greatly (pictured on the left, with a direct link to purchase on Amazon above).
I can’t quite tell you how much I’ve learned from reading this book, and I’m so excited to take this online course, to take that learning a step further. I’m sharing it here because I hope you do the same. I firmly believe it will be a productive investment of your time and efforts, and I think you will agree.
If you do end up taking the course or reading the book, I’d love to hear your feedback, and open up a discussion on vulnerability here in the comments section. Happy learning.1 awesome person likes this post