Vulnerability is the state of being open to injury, or appearing as if you are.
My Failure Resume generated some heart warming reactions. What I didn’t expect (but was hoping for) was that almost none of them were about “omg, you have failed so much and yet succeeded. That’s so awesome”
Instead, it was “it’s powerful to see someone like you making themselves vulnerable”
I do not recall the phase of life that turned me comfortable with being vulnerable. I wasn’t so always, not even close. Not completely, even today.
But I do know that the act of standing naked in front of others, knowing very well that you have nothing to hide anymore, is liberating.
One, it removes all pretense. You don’t have to remember what you said or showed to someone.
Two, it makes you work harder. Because now everyone knows what you know. You can’t win because you know something others don’t.
Vulnerability is a hard thing to get used to. Once you get used to it, chances are you wouldn’t know any other way.