We’ve been trained to believe the opposite of the truth.
We’re taught to avoid taking risks- “Be careful! You could lose it all!!”
But we HAVE to take risks if we’re going to live the life we’re destined for. Risk simply means courageously following your heart. Definitely no need to avoid that! (in fact, doing so leads to disease)
One of the worst things we’re taught is that vulnerability equals weakness. “Don’t give them the chance to hurt you! Protect yourself!”
I mean, look at how vulnerability is defined:
Vulnerable- adj. susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.
We’ve literally been taught that if we’re vulnerable someone will attack and hurt us.
Don’t go after your dreams, don’t say “I love you” first, don’t express your deepest desires for, if you do, you will get crushed and rejected.
When you think about it, most of what we’re taught is based on self-protection.
Protect. Protect. Protect.
I don’t blame us. I’m sure we’ve all been burned before, but we can’t let the fear of being hurt run our lives forever.
What are we really afraid of anyway?
Can we really feel bad for courageously following our hearts, even if the outcome isn’t exactly what we desire?
When I look back on my life, my biggest regrets come from holding back my feelings out of fear.
I’ve ruined most of my relationships not from expressing my love, but from withholding it out of fear of getting hurt. “If I’m vulnerable I will get crushed and rejected.”
Actually, the opposite is true. How can a relationship thrive without intimacy?
The only way to truly live is to be vulnerable. To have the courage to express our feelings, to show our love, to go after our dreams even when rejection could follow. Because it will from time to time. But we survive, and then we go on to find those who also want to express and love and dream.
We must love our vulnerability so much that even rejection can’t stand in its way.
Be bold. Stand for your expression and your love. Show others the way.
It takes courage, but I guarantee it will feel so good you won’t regret it.
Nothing feels better than standing up for the love that’s in your heart.