To Be Alive Is To Be Vulnerable

Hope your week is off to a good start! This week’s quote focuses on vulnerability. Along with the quote, I am posting a TED talk by social worker Dr. Brené Brown called, “The Power of Vulnerability.” I’ve posted it on Brown is the New Pink in the past, but it’s worth posting again. Brown’s talk is approximately 20 minutes long, and I promise that it will be time well-spent to watch it.

Brown’s TED talk and Madeleine L’Engle’s quote below summarize the seemingly paradoxical truth that has been on my mind: vulnerability is what makes us stronger. Choosing to be our genuine, imperfect selves fosters better and more authentic connections with others and helps develop self-compassion. As I go through the numerous transitions of young adulthood I am continually learning how important it is to be myself, even if that means revealing my fears, doubts, and perceived inadequacies. To pretend like everything is perfect and certain is a disservice to myself and those around me. While I will certainly continue to practice gratitude and maintain a positive outlook, I also strive to own my vulnerability. I want to show my true self to others and to contribute to the message that everyone is worthy of love and belonging despite our imperfections.

“When we were children, we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability, to be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L’Engle

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