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Vulnerability:an enigma

June 22, 2024by Editorial Team
Vulnerability

"We look before and after, And pine for what is not", wrote PB Shelley in 'To a Skylark'. Indeed we know not how our own vulnerabilities can be the cornerstone of our strength and success. That is, till we explore and embrace them.

My personal encounter with vulnerability

Have you ever pondered how embracing vulnerability can revolutionize your relationships, career, and even your self-perception? During my high school years, I faced a challenge that profoundly changed my perspective on vulnerability. I was enrolled in an advanced mathematics course, infamous for its intricate complexity. Despite my diligent efforts, I found myself struggling to grasp the difficult concepts and was miserably lagging behind. My usual approach of solitary study and relentless perseverance proved futile, and my confidence began to crumble. I performed abysmally in the Midterm examinations, and the realization of my impending failure was devastating. My initial thought was to hide my struggles, fearing that my peers and professors would perceive me as inept. However, as the pressure mounted, I realized I could no longer pretend to understand and with great apprehension and finally I approached my professor. I admitted my difficulties and asked for help. This was one of the hardest things I had ever done, as it required revealing my deficiencies and acknowledging that I was floundering. To my astonishment, my professor responded with empathy and support.

This experience opened up before me the truth that vulnerability is not an emblem of weakness but a testament to our intrinsic strength. As I delved deeper, it evoked a cascade of transformative aspirations within me. I was compelled to relinquish the façade of invincibility and embrace the genuineness of my flawed self.

How vulnerability transformed me

Vulnerability emboldens me to undertake the audacious act of self-revelation, disclosing not only my triumphs but also my tribulations. It’s akin to composing a memoir where the protagonist is a refreshingly human, possessing both brilliance and fallibility. This transparency ignites a desire to innovate without the paralyzing dread of failure. It propels me to venture into the unknown with the understanding that mistakes are not mere setbacks but indispensable stepping stones toward growth and discovery. It inspires me to be the kind of leader who admits when she is disoriented. When this happens to me, I occasionally mistake the planet Venus for a distant airplane.

 

Embracing the conflicting layers around vulnerability

Some might argue that vulnerability is a gamble, akin to playing poker with your emotions on full display. But isn’t life itself a game of chance, where the most daring moves often yield the richest rewards? Let us, therefore, reframe our perception of vulnerability and recognize it for what it truly is: a profound source of strength. However, let us also not mistake vulnerability for an open invitation to divulge every detail of our lives like a poorly scripted reality show. It’s more akin to selectively sharing chapters from our autobiography, understanding that authenticity thrives in the delicate balance between disclosure and discretion.

So let us laud vulnerability as the courageous act when we unveil our genuine selves in a world often fixated on masks of conformity. While masks provide a semblance of safety, they can also become stifling. Vulnerability is the art of embracing imperfection and extending an invitation for others to join us in the ballet of authenticity. As we navigate life’s intricate tapestry, let us recall that vulnerability is not a weakness to be eschewed, but a strength to be cherished—a guiding light of bravery and resilience.

 

About the author

The article has been contributed by Rose Abilio Po from St. Joseph’s High School, Matigara, Darjeeling.

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