Feeling vulnerable is a scary and dangerous feeling. However, feeling that way may push us towards thinking our reaction needs to go in certain direction. I was there. I felt I had to toughen up and I did. Yet, after going through life’s turbulent events, thinking I am being strong, I came out of the storm feeling really empty. I was strong and I was alone, with no connection to the others. I realized it was my own doing. I had to learn again how to be open, how to be human and not afraid of my feelings. Since then, I feel more seen and accepted.
- I realize that I have made myself alone. Because I learned to only count on myself and to never show vulnerability.
- I feel more seen and accepted now that I’m more open, and I’m better able to see and accept the people around me, which helps them be more open too.
- And it’s not complicated. It just takes courage. Like a plant needs air, water, and sun to grow, love requires safety, vulnerability, and acceptance.
“We lived under extreme stress for five years, up every night with our son, constantly in the hospital. I think the only thing worse than being in a war zone is being in intensive care for twelve months and seeing children die next to you.”