Have you ever struggled with something in your life and felt as though no one quiet understood? Instead of confiding in a family member or friend, you stifle your feelings and push through. Enveloped in isolation, it seems as though you are the only one going through tough times.
We’ve all been there.
In a world of picture-perfect Instagram profiles, the lives of those around us appear to be running smoothly. But it’s just an appearance. No one showcases the bad, the hard times, the struggles. The truth is we all experience daily trials, big and small, but people are less than willing to share.
It’s time to change that.
No one wants to be the first to ask for help or admit that they were wrong. But we are not perfect people. We have imperfections and it’s time we start owning that a little more. Whether the emotions tied to your struggles are shame, fear, failure, or anything in between it’s time to push through those initial feelings, be vulnerable, and share what’s on our hearts.
“The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too”
Go first. When you are vulnerable and admit everything is not perfect, you are giving those around you permission to do the same. You’re saying “me too,” “I’ve been there.” As tough as this is, it ultimately allows for a deeper connection. Start opening up and you’ll be surprised at what follows. You may even realize you were never alone in the first place.
Interested in hearing more about vulnerability? Watch this highly viewed TED Talk by Brené Brown. Brené is a researcher and storyteller who has a PH.D. in social work and has spent the past 16 years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame.