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Embracing Vulnerability: Breaking Free from the Shadows of Comparison

It's a funny thing, isn't it? How we often find ourselves hiding different parts of who we are. Sometimes it's to protect the innocence of a child, like pretending to be Santa Claus. Other times, it's a way of manipulating the truth to avoid confrontation or protect ourselves. And sometimes, we hide certain aspects without even realizing it, assuming that people don't care or that it's better not to show that side of ourselves. It can also stem from a fear of vulnerability, not trusting someone enough to reveal that part of who we are.


The interesting part is that it used to be as simple as being either an open book or keeping things to oneself. The phrase "everyone has skeletons in their closet" had a different meaning back then. But now, as a society, we've become so accustomed to hiding who we truly are that it's become second nature to us. We don't even realize when we're doing it anymore.


Now that we're aware of this tendency to hide, what do we do with that knowledge? We often hear advice saying, "just because you can doesn't mean you should." Is it wise to choose not to hide, to be more genuine and authentic, and trust others with our vulnerability? Because let's face it, putting ourselves out there and being completely candid can be tough when we know there's a risk of having our insecurities thrown in our faces. Perhaps part of the reason for our hesitance is that we've grown accustomed to avoiding the heartache that comes with exposing our true selves, and we may unintentionally inflict that same pain on others.


Ironically, by not being our true selves, who are we really hurting? Whether we do it to seek approval from others, or to fit into certain social circles, does it change who we actually are? And denying that true self, what is the actual cost? Surrounding ourselves with people who don't accept us as we are forces us to be fake, and it becomes a vicious cycle that can feel impossible to escape.


I used to hide my back injury, not out of shame, but because I believed it was just a temporary setback. I didn't want to be seen as another sob story. Let's face it, there are people with genuine disabilities who face much greater challenges than mine, leaving me feeling like I had no room to complain or share my struggles.


The comparison to others who have experienced more severe situations made me hesitate to open up about my own journey. I didn't want to come across as seeking sympathy or attention. I wanted to maintain a positive outlook and not let my limitations define me.


However, I've come to realize that everyone's struggles are valid, regardless of how they compare to others'. Each person's journey is unique, and we all deserve the space to express our challenges and seek support. It's not about competing for who has it worse; it's about embracing our own experiences and finding understanding and empathy within our community.


So, I'm breaking free from the habit of hiding. I'm sharing my story, not to overshadow anyone else's struggles, but to create a space where we can all share, support, and uplift one another. We all have battles to fight, and by embracing our vulnerability and supporting each other, we can find strength and hope in the face of adversity.


Together, let's break free from the limitations of comparison and create a community where every voice is heard and every struggle is acknowledged. The journey of embracing our true selves is not an easy one. It requires self-reflection, courage, and a willingness to be vulnerable. But it also holds the promise of finding genuine connections, personal growth, and a deeper sense of fulfillment. We are all deserving of compassion and understanding. Let's embrace our stories and support one another along this journey of resilience and growth.

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