I imagine that if a group of people who know me were asked to describe me that one of the things that most of them would say is that: I am a private person. True. Yet, paradoxically I write a blog and it’s out there in cyberspace for anyone to read. Also true. But when I write a post I try not to mention anything I wouldn’t be happy to chat about with, say, a random stranger on a train.
So, why then, in the name of all the pigeons in the sky, would I now admit on the blog that lately I have been feeling vulnerable. The answer is: partly because it’s merely a mention not an exploration, and partly because I believe that feeling vulnerable is part of ‘la condition humaine’ and therefore everyone can identify, but mostly because I recently came across this TED video (TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading) where Brené Brown (research professor, author, and public speaker) talks about the power of vulnerability.
Brené Brown’s talk on the power of vulnerability has been around since 2010, so you may have seen it already: with close to fourteen million views it’s one of TED’s most watched videos. I think it’s excellent and I have watched it three times, each time I took something else away, the phrase that’s ringing in my ears from my most recent viewing is: you cannot selectively numb emotion.
I hope that from now on I can regard feelings of vulnerability in a positive light.
Note: you can find more TED talks here.