Hi loves! A wave of change is sweeping through the air, symbolizing the arrival of new opportunities. As the fall leaves gracefully transform into a blanket of white snow, we find ourselves amidst the shifting landscapes of news headlines, adapting to class changes, cherishing moments with our families, and contemplating our paths for the upcoming year, 2024.
Recently, I confronted a challenge I hadn’t fully recognized before – the issue of vulnerability. A close friend shared with me his recent experiences in the realm of love, when he disclosed personal details to his new date. I cautioned him that his openness, honesty, and love might be misconstrued as a weakness, leaving his vulnerability to possibly be taken advantage of. To my surprise, he responded, “My vulnerability is my power. No one can take that from me, especially when it’s one of the greatest things I control.” His response took me aback and had me pondering; I had never considered vulnerability, even the act of oversharing both the positive and negative aspects of life, as a source of power.
I used to be exceptionally vulnerable, sharing openly to compensate for my fear of inadequacy: believing that people could only connect with me if they knew every detail about my life. However, I’ve recently become overly private, unintentionally cutting off communication and leaving friends and family unaware of my whereabouts. Reflecting on my friend’s dating experience, I recognized that vulnerability had previously granted me numerous friendships, connections, and empathy, both with familiar faces and strangers alike.
This letter serves as a reminder to be truthful with oneself and embrace vulnerability. Not driven by fear or scarcity, but by strength and love. You don’t have to disclose every detail of your life to be vulnerable; instead, express your genuine emotions to foster connections you might not have otherwise experienced. Let vulnerability be a source of strength and a catalyst for authentic connections.
Wishing you all courage and authenticity on your journey.