I’d never really thought of vulnerability as being beneficial before. In fact, I’d always viewed vulnerability as being a shortcoming. Nonetheless, during my moment of revelation, I suddenly realized that it takes a lot of strength to share a weakness, so the weakness becomes a strength. To me, that’s a mindblowing paradox.
When you make yourself vulnerable, you never know how it will be taken. We’ve probably all exposed ourselves to the wrong people. Exposing oneself is terrifying and takes a lot of courage. We all know the feeling of uncertainty we have at times. It’s not fun!
I made myself vulnerable online by sharing my writing and thoughts with people. Not a big deal for some but it definitely was for me. I’m also making myself vulnerable right now by sharing more personal thoughts, something outside my usual book reviews and social commentary. Again, not something I necessarily find it easy to do.
I realized that, although it often gets a bad rap, vulnerability is part of being human. How often are we really encouraged to be vulnerable and to share? How different would the world be if we were all a little more vulnerable? Cliche and trite as it sounds, I think vulnerability can be purifying and healing. It can also encourage sharing, and there is definitely strength in sharing.
What I witnessed the other day were displays of authenticity brought about by vulnerability. They made me question my standpoint.