Brave Enough to Explore Vulnerability

Vulnerability is what connects us to other human beings. When we “expose” something about ourselves, whether that be experiences, emotions, feelings, and behaviors, to another person, we form a connection and learn about each other. Since childhood, men are taught vulnerability equals weakness; therefore, men are not supposed to be vulnerable. It can also be challenging to be helpless as there might be a fear of feeling embarrassed or hurt by someone’s response.

However, vulnerability is a strength. Strong and healthy individuals are vulnerable, but vulnerability must occur with the people you have built trust. In doing so, one strengthens relationships, improves mental health, and improves the quality of life. Being vulnerable also takes away the pressure of doing life on your own. Studies have shown that voicing your feelings will decrease the impact of one’s emotions and overcome them faster.

Therefore, being vulnerable with someone creates the opportunity to put words to feelings and to process them. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love, belonging, and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are “Brave Enough” to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

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