|Throwback to my birthday!|
"...You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” -Bob Marley
Vulnerability: a word that I could not relate to for a long time. Vulnerability, to me, was a sign of weakness. If I kept my guard up, I wouldn't get hurt and I would forever appear "strong".
Although Bob is talking about being vulnerable in romantic relationships, I refused to be vulnerable in any relationship. Just call me emotionally retarded (retarded in the dictionary sense; read: slow or limited in intellectual, emotional development or academic progress.)
Sometimes, vulnerability takes a kind of strength that a person like me didn't poses. That's no way to live life. Part of the full (and fulfilling) human experience lies in that very ability to open up. I learned that, through a series of difficult lessons, over the past 2-3 years. Call it my very own anthesis.
So be vulnerable. Open up; the things you hide deep inside are what make you you. Your eccentricities are beautiful. The people who are supposed to be in your life will remain there. The people who don't will find the exit at stage left.
This is your show, you need no extras.
What are your thoughts on vulnerability?