Last week I received a comment from a friend that really struck me. She wrote, “thanks for showing your vulnerability”. I had not even considered these blogs in that light and was sharing the real side of my life. However, over this week I kept thinking about her comment and realized she was right.
By acknowledging I had let myself down, hadn’t done what I knew I needed to, I was being honest and vulnerable, but more importantly I was processing the emotions that accompanied my actions. By writing that blog post, by receiving your comments, hearing your feedback, it allowed me to move forward. It allowed me to accept the week for what it was, a temporary setback and not a defining moment. Would that have happened if I kept those feelings and emotions bottled up and just tried to power through it? Who would I be if I compounded that by repeating that same cycle for days, weeks, months and years on end?
With all the craziness in the world I would love for this audience to begin helping the world to see that vulnerability is strength! Having the strength to admit something bothers you, the strength to say you’re not feeling right, the strength to share that you are struggling is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of. It happens to all of us at some point in our life and there must be better avenues for handling than by suppressing it and bottling it up day to day.
So, whether it is a conversation with a good friend, writing a blog, going on a hike, or any other healthy activity let’s not wait any longer to start being honest with our feelings and taking care of one another!