Why do we consider vulnerability a weakness?

For some reason, these two words are treated as synonyms.

How hard is it to confess your deepest feelings? When you do, how does it make you feel? And when you do tell your story, is it easy?

We embrace people when they tell their emotionally naked story. But when we think about sharing, we avoid and tell ourselves it’s weak.

That’s fear. Because people are afraid to feel and they spend thousands on substances to suspend them or push them away. Yet when they do share, a burden is lifted.

Sharing a heartfelt story is courageous. However, there is a risk. While there are many things you gain, there are many things you can lose, too. How will you be judged? Will there be consequences?

Nothing that carries risk is weak. Tell your story when you are ready. You’ll know when it’s right. Until then, tell it to your journal.

Published by

Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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