Wear the scent of vulnerability
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I’ve been thinking lately about vulnerability - putting yourself in a position where you expose your true self and risk getting your feelings hurt. I’ve always been the type to try and present myself as being well-composed and head- strong. You know, they type who’s got all their shit together, knows what they’re doing and has focus in their life. But lately I’ve been re-thinking this attitude. I’m increasingly beginning to realise that shielding your true self from your peers won’t get you very far. And it won’t feel good. For example - failed your driving test six times? Don’t want to be that person who failed their driving test six times? Well lying about it to all your friends isn’t going to make you feel any better. It might save you some initial stick but then you’re going to feel like a fraud. Letting someone see when you’ve failed at something, you’ve made a huge cock-up of a situation or just did something totally and utterly stupid to embarrass yourself, means you’re letting your friends see the true you. And as a result your friendship is going to be a lot more genuine than if you try and cover up every slip up you make so you seem like a more perfect person. As such I’ve started to notice all those around me who put themselves in a position of vulnerability every day. Inspiration from the celebrity kingdom includes: Jennifer Lawrence- a woman who’s not afraid to speak her un-lady like mind, yet stands to many as the dream girlfriend. Lawrence has openly talked about how she was “a weirdo” as a child and suffered from anxiety problems. She now has a fan base of thousands who adore her for her blunt honesty and not trying to fit into the mould of previous Hollywood stars. From failing to elegantly finish off her interview at the BAFTA awards, instead blurting out “whatever, I’m so hungry” to admitting “If I didn’t have anything to do all day, I might not even put my pants on” Lawrence is loved for her candid remarks.
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