Vulnerability is a beautiful thing. Dictionary.com defines vulnerability as “capable of, or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon”.
We prefer Brene Brown’s description as “basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure”. Being vulnerable holds a different meaning for everyone, and there is no right or wrong way to practice it.
Why it is Important
Being vulnerable means showing up and being present within your emotions. It is too often seen as a weakness when in truth it is a sign of courage and strength.
Shame is a common emotion that comes with practicing vulnerability. It is difficult to be open when you are worried about what others may say or think. But through this rawness, comes connections. Pure and true connections. By letting down your walls and boundaries, you are able to build a higher level of trust with others.
How to Practice Vulnerability in Daily Life
1. Protect your Energy
It is up to you, and only you, to decide who you are vulnerable with and when. That being said, you do not have to share when you are not ready to or with someone you are uncomfortable with.
Practice being vulnerable with yourself first, and foremost and practicing it with other people will start to come naturally.
2. Accept the Possibility of Things Unknown
People naturally build up walls and put up boundaries from an intrinsic need to protect themselves. Being open to new information and other ideas is a good first step to opening yourself up.
Question your emotions and look into deeper within yourself for any underlying reasons behind them. This will help you learn more about yourself.
3. Ask for Help
Asking for help can be a huge block for some, but it is actually practicing a simple form of vulnerability. Simply admitting you are human can be humbling. People need people and no one is better off alone.
Learning to rely on and trust people can be an empowering and rewarding experience. There is absolutely no shame in asking for help sometimes. It is truly a compassionate act for your emotional wellbeing.
You Hold the Power
Ultimately, all the power is in your court. Opening yourself up to possibilities, new friendships and growth will only have a positive effect on your life.
It will not be easy, there are likely barriers and hard walls you’ve built up to protect yourself. Tapping into this space could be painful, but it will be immensely rewarding and healing. You have the ability to deepen your relationship with yourself and the people in your life. Don’t hold back, it is up to you.