As a girl working to become the best version of herself, I have come to realize that we often tend to focus on the grey areas of ourselves, not embracing them, but locking ourselves in them.
It seems that we try to hide everything that makes us vulnerable, in fear that we’ll appear unpleasant, or even weak, to others. That’s so much energy spent in trying to accommodate another person´s preferences!
When thinking about vulnerability, this quote from Winston Churchill comes to my mind:
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others.”
Facing what makes us vulnerable requires being courageous, and it’s not an easy task, not one everybody is willing to do. But, oh how rewarding it is in the end!
In one of my favorite TED Talks ever (The Power of Vulnerability), René Brown said:
“Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language — it’s from the Latin word “cor,” meaning “heart” — and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart”
So I thought, I am going to confront those things that make me feel vulnerable. I am going to fully embrace vulnerability, because what make us vulnerable, make us beautiful.
And so, I want to say this to you, whoever is reading this:
Risk opening yourself to the world. By showing yourself just as you are, embracing your fears, your insecurities, and learning to face them, life becomes so much easier.
You do not have to be perfect; you just have to be YOU.
And you are allowed to be afraid, just do not let your fears paralyze you. Channel that energy and make it into something that gives you the boost you need to make things work.
You are allowed to love with everything you have, because if there is one thing that make us feel vulnerable, love is.
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how many times you cry for love, or if the other person does not value what you are giving them; what you cannot do is stop being yourself to please and make others happy.
Learn to say “I AM ENOUGH, I AM WORTH IT”
Take off your masks, take off your armor, and let the others get to you.
Allow yourself to really be seen and you’ll be surprised of how open the world can be with you. Sometimes, the barriers are only in our mind.
And what’s waiting for you on the other side it’s something that no one else can give to you: Power.