Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It Means I'm Alive

During therapy today we talked about vulnerability and shame. I talked about how I will often feel ashamed of my thoughts because they make me feel naked. I have a hard time hiding my emotions, so even if I don't share my thoughts it's often easy to tell something is wrong. Having certain thoughts makes me feel like having a cut without a band-aid.

My therapist suggested I watch This TED Talk, and it really resonated with me. Here are some of the the points that I really connected with.

  • The original meaning of courage means to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
  • What makes you vulnerable is what makes you beautiful.
  • Vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, creativity, and love. We can only open ourselves up to these if we fully embrace vulnerability.
  • You cannot selectively numb emotions. When we try to block out sadness, regret, anger we also block out joy, happiness, compassion.
  • We make the uncertain certain.
I'm a vulnerable person, I wear my heart on my sleeve and my emotions on my face. But you know what? That's what makes me, me. It what makes me able to love so intensely. I may feel everything stronger than the average person, but it just makes more compassionate, more driven, more loving.

You cannot selectively numb emotions.

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