Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Vulnerability

Being vulnerable is something that we all have in common. Just by living life everyday, we make ourselves vulnerable. So why are we so scared to show other people our vulnerability? Why do we think being vulnerable makes us weak, instead of strong? We're vulnerable to almost everything we encounter because we can't control all of our situations. We are vulnerable in our health, our family life, our faith, at work, and everywhere.

Our vulnerability is what allows us to grow and blossom into better, more loving people. If we had complete confidence in ourselves and our situations, would there be any need to change? I think our vulnerability is what makes us human. If we didn't have that we couldn't relate to other people's insecurities or be compassionate. Our own experiences in being vulnerable is what allows us to relate to other people's situations and understand how they might be feeling and gives us the insight in how to help and understand them. It helps us foster our relationships with other people.

Sometimes you have to get hurt or rejected in order to learn. We've all gone into a job interview feeling scared, nervous, and vulnerable and it's a terrifying feeling. However, we all made it out alive either with a new job or not. Either way we braved a scary situation and were made better for the wear. We've all experienced disappointment and made mistakes that we have had to admit to other people. It doesn't feel good to say "hey, I screwed up" but it makes it easier next time you have to admit it. We are going to make mistakes over and over again (hopefully not the same ones) and because we learn to move on, we grow. We have all been criticized, judged, hurt emotionally, been tempted, thus we have all been made vulnerable. So if everyone is vulnerable and we can't really help it, why should we be ashamed to admit it?

I am vulnerable and proud of it!

I understand now that the vulnerability I've always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. You can't experience life without feeling life. What I've learned is that being vulnerable to somebody you love is not a weakness, it's a strength.Elisabeth Shue


  1. i think it is a strength also--great post

  2. I think being vulnerable is a good thing, too. Of course, there ARE ways that being vulnerable are NOT such a good thing, but let's not dwell on the negative!

  3. Absolutely right couldn't have written it better myself well actually i didn't I hope more people learn and acknowledge this

  4. This is an interesting post, and a very good choice of a topic to go with V. It's definitely something everyone can relate to, whether they admit it or not.

    One technical note, I couldn't read the quote at the bottom until I highlighted it because the contrast was too low. Just thought I'd let you know.

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

  5. @Judy- You are certainly right that vulnerability can be a bad thing too, but I'll go along with you and ignore the negative. Haha.

    @rhonda- I agree that everyone can relate, the big part is admitting it! Thanks for telling me about the quote... I fixed it.

  6. Very bold post! It can be really scary to be vulnerable but so rewarding