Sooooo… I read something pretty awesome the other day. I felt that it was so rad and powerful, that I had to share it here with you, too! I hope you dig it:
Until you are willing to be vulnerable, you will not be able to trust yourself. You will not know how far you can go or how much you can do. You will not know what makes you tick or what will make you crack.
Until you are willing to let down your guard and lay your defenses, you will not know how far you can push yourself or how you will handle what happens when you get there. Unless you are willing to be vulnerable, to let people know that you don’t know how, but that you are headed there anyway, you will not be equipped to deal with the reactions of those you will meet when you get there.
Unless you are willing to be vulnerable, to make a mistake, to be taken advantage of, to look stupid, to fall down and stumble when you are trying to get up, you will not know how durable or dependable you are. And as long as you don’t know how strong you are, you will not benefit from the power or realize the beauty of your authentic self.
Good stuff, right? Right away, I related it to fighting.
It’s so true, or it least it has been in my experience…. If I’m going to make the decision to fight (or do anything in life that I care about), I need to make peace with the idea that I may screw up more times than I shine. But, if I don’t allow myself that vulnerable experience to possibly be great or possibly be humiliated, then what? Is life just lived inside a safe, sanitized, little bubble?
It is important to remember that there are a lot of unknowns in life but if we do not act fearlessly and pursue them, we’ll never know where they lead, whether they lead somewhere or not. It will be impossible to know how many times we can bounce back from the mistakes made, how gracefully we can handle defeat or how we indeed can survive adversity with class and dignity.
If we don’t trust ourselves to do what we want to do and try what we want to try, how will we ever know what’s on the other side? The truth is, we won’t know. So, we just have to be willing to look a little stupid in order to find out.
Just go for it.
Love, hugs and butt slaps…