The last two weeks have been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
I can already hear you saying, “Oh boy, here we go.”
Well, it probably isn’t what you think.
Last week, I watched a TED Talk by Brené Brown called The power of vulnerability. I do recommend it.
If this had come into my life at any other time, I’m not certain I would have had the ears to hear it. But I heard it exactly when I needed to hear it. It was timely.
Life circumstances, conversations with my counselor and others, songs I’ve been listening to… They’ve all been pointing to the same thing. Life is short. We don’t have forever. Your feelings deserve to be expressed.
Life is too short for numbness. But that is how we choose to live much of the time.
Numbness is just easier than the alternative. If we don’t feel, we can remain even keeled. We can appear unburdened. We can ignore signs and warnings. We can stop ourselves from taking the leap when we need to.
The only other option we have is to be vulnerable. And that’s scary. It can hurt.
At the same time, we can also feel more alive when we’re vulnerable. We’ll feel tremendous lows, but we’ll also feel equally elated at times. There’s great joy in being vulnerable.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably an entrepreneur, investor, creative, marketer, manager, or in some other role that requires a great deal of you.
But even you – nay, you especially – need to be reminded to live vulnerable. You have goals and aspirations. You have dreams and hopes. I don’t need to remind you of that.
But if you’ve been living numb, I can guarantee you’ve forgotten about some of those things for a while. They lay dormant beneath the surface. And they will scream at you if you wait too long.
It could be the desire to marry, to get in shape, to reconnect with your family or friends. It could be anything, but you need to recognize and acknowledge what it is, and then act on it.
You aren’t a machine. You’re human. And if no one has given you permission to feel today, I give you permission, because you need to feel again.