SHE INSPIRES ME
stories, excerpts, thoughts, tips, and trials.
from 5 beautiful women who have beautiful hearts.
When I was asked by Olivia to share on vulnerability I didn’t know where to begin. Should I share an experience about a time I felt my most vulnerable or what about some inspiring quotes about vulnerability? I didn’t think about the meaning of the word as much as I should have. However, the more I thought about my vulnerability, the more I realized that being vulnerable isn’t black and white. There is no, “I am vulnerable when,” or “What makes me the most vulnerable.” As I read the definition;
the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.
I recognized that each day we make the choice to be vulnerable.
It then reminded me about the choice that I made to start my blog. The choice to open up my life with others, my friends, my family and people that I have never met. Each day that I choose to share about my life and personal experiences I am exposing myself to the possibility of being attacked or harmed (emotionally).
There was a decision to be made, do I choose to keep my experiences to myself because of a fear of vulnerability or do I risk the harmful possibilities and be vulnerable? What it came down to was that if I could help or comfort just one person with my stories then I would feel like it was worth it. If one person thanked me for being open, that would forever outweigh any negativity that might come my way.
Choosing to share our experiences and being vulnerable to the world isn’t easy, but it sure as heck is worth it.
I challenge you, the next time you are in a place of discomfort, wondering should I tell them this (do you know what I mean here, random stranger and you want to compliment them or ask something but for some reason you don’t). In those moments, speak up. Share your heart, be kind and don’t let the fear hold back something that is bound to be beautiful.
“Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers
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