by Kim Jackson of PeaceLoveandPrettyThings

Often,
when I think of allowing myself to be vulnerable, I worry about being
judged. I worry that my not being completely put together and on top of
everything all the time might somehow make me less likeable—less
lovable. Sound familiar?

But
in truth, it is when we are vulnerable that we are at our most
beautiful, because we become that raw, open, honest human that has the
ability to share a connection with another person. 


In
truth, our fears, insecurities and emotional hiccups are part of the
roadmap to our growth and success. It’s when we feel at our worst that
we get up and do something about it, and learn about ourselves in the
process. 


Know
that your vulnerability is just as gorgeous and wonderful as your
strength—in fact, it sometimes takes a stronger person to be willing to
open up and to accept whatever consequences may come with that, for
better or for worse. 


One
of my best friends is finding her way to a relationship with a parent
who wasn’t formerly in her life, and it’s causing her to soften and to
be honest with herself about desires, hopes and wishes she didn’t dare
speak of before. And I admire the light and the beauty I’m seeing in her
eyes because of it. 


Another
best friend and I finally gave a voice to the disconnect we’d each been
feeling separately for a while. We acknowledged that we’re in different
places in our lives, each valuing differing experiences right now. And
that’s okay! Despite those differences, and because of that honest,
vulnerable conversation, I feel even closer to her than before. I know
something about her that I didn’t know before. 


Allowing
myself to become emotionally naked has helped me to become a better
friend and a better girlfriend. The people in my life know now that I
trust them enough to share even what’s scary and buried—something that
would have NEVER happened in the past–and ultimately, I think, that
makes me a prettier person to them as a whole. 


Despite
what you may have been told in the past, your vulnerability is pretty
too. It’s a major part of who you are. 

How might letting go of your
emotional armor allow you to better connect to the people in your life? 

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PLPT
is co-authored by Kim Jackson and GG Renee with the intention of
connecting with women through messages of self-love and personal
freedom. We believe that true beauty starts on the inside and
radiates outward, so maintaining emotional health and balance
should be an essential part of every woman’s beauty regimen. We
use this platform as an opportunity to share our personal
experiences, and to help other women who are seeking guidance to
find their own truths and live fabulously.