So true are the words of beloved Maya Angelou…it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are… I think back over my life and early on, I realized that I was/am, in fact, a vulnerable person. In years past, to be vulnerable meant that you were not strong and were deemed as weak. After all, most of us are conditioned to hide our true feelings; to not be totally in tuned to what we like and dislike; to hide behind a smoke screen and not let others know that we hurt, have lost our way, or simply need help in a certain matter. However scary this may all seem, in retrospect, I have discovered by embracing my vulnerability, it gives me pure and utter strength.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Recently I watched Brene Brown at the TED Talks discuss a subject called The Power of Vulnerability (enjoy the video below). During her discussion she points out these important facts: In order to be vulnerable, you have to have the courage to be imperfect. And, vulnerable people have connection because they are willing to let go of who they thought they should be, in order to be their true self. In other words, vulnerable people are not afraid to be authentic. Who doesn’t gravitate towards people who are real? I know I most certainly do. That’s the connection that Brene Brown talks about. I find it very refreshing to be in the company of a person who is in touch with themselves, and isn’t afraid to be imperfect.
As I studied Brene’s topic in greater detail, she also stated vulnerable people are usually creative people. Think about it…The creative mind is an open mind that is ready to explore, discover and be free. To have an open mind, wouldn’t it be necessary to be true to yourself? Absolutely! It totally makes sense. To be vulnerable is being true to yourself; living free – not living in bondage which equals STRENGTH.