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Why do we struggle with vulnerability?

Editor’s note: Part 4 of the #OperationNoShame blogging series Vulnerability, Courage, & Shame

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change,” said Dr. Brene Brown on her Ted Talk: Power of Vulnerability. “To create is to make something that has never existed before. There’s nothing more vulnerable than that.”

If vulnerability is SO innovating, why is being vulnerable so difficult for the majority of us?  This is the question I want to end on in this series on the Power of Vulnerability because it comes back full circle to the mission and vision of Offbeat Expressions (#operationNOshame).

Dr. Brown discussed that we struggle with vulnerability because we numb ourselves from it. Daily. Since we can’t selectively numb our emotions, we numb everything (including the good feels like gratitude and happiness).

How many of us self-medicate with drugs, alcohol, or sex? We choose the coping techniques that comfort us in the moment or the ones that give us the immediate fix of NUMBness. I started this website with the intent of providing some creative, cheap, healthy, and productive ways to cope with the shit of everyday life.

Writing prompts and making playlists won’t necessarily save you. But keeping a journal and having a routine of creative self-care and mindfulness can help with the numbing withdrawal. Experiment with vulnerability. Innovate.  Be your authentic selves.