Modern culture romanticizes the man that can go at it alone, and continue to do so; we admire the strength that it conveys. But the process of continuous self proclamation leaves us distanced and less connected to those that we care the most about; no meaningful relationship is ever built without expressing a bit of vulnerability.
At its core, vulnerability is about being able to share our feelings and most intimate experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them. It is about trusting someone enough to open up to them about the very things that we are so afraid to be judged on.
Trusting someone with your greatest fears has always required courage, so how can vulnerability be a weakness? It isn’t; vulnerability by essence has always required strength.
What do we gain by it? Closer personal connections, increased trust and more intimate engagements.
To quote Harvey Mackay: “Nobody said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it.” And honestly, in todays competition of who can care the least we have forgotten to trust and show care at all. Look at where that has taken us: further away from the things that mean the most in life– personal relationships. So maybe it is time to try and Dare Greatly.
My inspiration to synthesize this piece came from Brene Brown’s Book: Daring Greatly