Disclaimer: This blog post is only my point of view and it doesn’t surely have to relate to all writers or artists.
Um hey! How are you doing, reader? Before proceeding, take a deep breath and smile. Let’s talk about vulnerability today, which itself is a vulnerable thing to do.
Being vulnerable is being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. Keeping the technical definition aside, vulnerability is simply a flaw or weakness that we often try to hide from the world that could harm us. But what if being vulnerable is the only option while doing a certain thing. What would you do then?
Have you ever given it a thought that writers often put themselves as most vulnerable in front of readers? It doesn’t mean that they aren’t afraid of criticism or not afraid of the consequences that come their way. They choose to be vulnerable in the first place and write what their mind and heart ask them to. Writers make vulnerability their strength and put forward the words that can impact lives. They don’t think about being criticized.
We as writers or artists put forward things that were supposed to be hidden to let people see them. Because sometimes someone has to say things that no one is willing to say, to let people know that they aren’t alone.
“For God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.”Alan Watts
Most of us are terrified of hitting that ‘Publish’ button, trust me, it’s not easy to open up to the whole world, anxiety kicks in while writing things, it takes a lot of time just to think than to write. But you know what, the antidote for a snakebite is made from the poison itself. Sometimes what makes us insecure and vulnerable becomes the fuel we need to be overachievers.
Believe me, when I say you don’t need armor to protect yourself. True safety is not in having armor, it is in vulnerability. Vulnerability really means to be strong and secure enough within yourself that you are able to walk outside without your armor on. You are able to show up in life as just you. That is genuine strength and courage. Armor may look tough, but all it does is mask insecurity and fear.
Concluding it with a perfect quote by Rumi that says it all:
“Open your hands if you want to be held.”Rumi