Everyone is Vulnerable in Some Way

No matter what face you put on each day or what bold front that you present, you have vulnerabilities. When you are vulnerable, you are getting to the core of your emotional and mental existence. Strip down to your inner layers and your soul and you'll reveal the part of you that is afraid and uncertain about any risks that you might take. Look at a person who must deal with drug rehab and you will see someone at the most vulnerable point in life. A victim of addiction must completely surrender to the care of to others while detoxification and withdrawal ravages the body. At that point, it's time to pick up the pieces and learn how to live again. It's terrifying, but also rewarding as recovery is made possible, giving an individual the strength to go on. You can do the same with the vulnerabilities in your life to tap into your full potential.

"Everyone suffers, silently or obviously, one way or the other. Once you see that connection, tenderness follows." - Maggie Lane

Your Vulnerability is Not a Sign of Deficiency

When you are vulnerable, you are at your most sensitive and emotional point. You are ready to admit that you are anxious or fearful of getting hurt. You may look at this as a sign of weakness, but this is the point in your life when you can be your strongest, reaching out to others and building bonds. When you recognize your own vulnerabilities, you can relate to those you care about and offer them a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on. Embrace your vulnerabilities. They prove that you are human and as part of the human experience, you must connect with those around you. Together, you can find unity and inspiration.

Make Vulnerability Your Shield

You may need to push yourself, even when you want to shut yourself off from the world. Whether you are considering a new relationship, staring a business venture, moving to another part of the country, or discovering the desire to travel, vulnerability will be at the heart of every one of those decisions. There will be a little voice inside of you that is afraid, telling you to stay put and enjoy the status quo. When you accept that little voice and decide to move forward anyway, this will help you move forward and face your fears.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

As a human being, it's normal to have mental and emotional vulnerabilities. They'll tend to make you protect yourself and stick with what you know. Even if you're not happy, you can argue that you aren't unhappy either. This is no way to live. The next time that you want to try something new and you're thinking about going out on a limb, accept that you feel afraid and move on. Don't allow your fears to hold you back. Get out of your comfort zone and find out what you are missing in life. Even if you fail, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you tried.

Pick Yourself Up Again

Venture into the unknown and you could have amazing rewards. You'll look back and be amazed at how far you've come. If things fall apart, you can always pick yourself up again and give it another shot. You'll be wiser the next go around and you'll know that your insecurities are an important part of who you are, driving you forward to connect with others who are facing the same situation as you.

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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty and fashion. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

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