YOU CANNOT BE CREATIVE WITHOUT VULNERABILITY

There’s no way around it!

vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty

noun

  1. the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

(This post is for my writer friends).

A few of my friends who write mentioned that they haven’t felt ‘brave’ enough to share their work yet. They both said they preferred to keep their writing to themselves in their journals.

I find this interesting but I could relate. I told them that its ‘brave to show up and be seen’ and I really mean that.

Honestly, I’d prefer to opt on the side of bravery these days.

When I first published my poetry book ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’ it was scary. I felt super vulnerable to open myself up and share my ‘ugliness’ with the world, but I did it!

It was DAMN VULNERABLE!

One of my favorite authors is Brene Brown. She studies and researches vulnerability.

These are just a few of her quotes on vulnerability that I love:

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Yep. Being a writer or creative person of any kind is VULNERABLE! There’s really no way around it.

It can feel like we are turning our skin inside out and exposing it to the world. I wrote this poem after publishing my first book:

INSIDE OUT SKIN

My skin feels like
it has been turned inside out
every single nerve ending

exposed
 
to the wind
to the rain
to the 
elements

but that’s ok
 
I am
tough enough
to withstand

the vulnerability.

Some days we might wonder why the heck we are creating at all.

Why be so damn brave?

 I am learning that when something feels scary and vulnerable it might just mean we are on to something!

Author Neil Gaiman said this in a recent YouTube video on vulnerability:

‘The moment that you feel that just possibly you’re walking down the street naked exposing too much of yourself..that’s the moment YOU MIGHT BE STARTING TO GET IT RIGHT!!’

It is encouraging to hear about Oprah’s thoughts on this subject also. She said:

‘Vulnerability was not only important to my success but it was THE most important thing!’

So, there’s power and importance in vulnerability.

If you ‘show up’ that means you are gong to be vulnerable– and you MUST show up to be creative.


Do you feel vulnerable when you write? Do you feel it’s too scary sometimes to share your work? Do you ever feel you’d rather just keep your writing to yourself for fear that it’s too much to reveal?

I’d love to hear from you on this.


Here is Brene Browns TedTalk. It is one of the most widely watched TedTalks ever. I highly recommend it!

https://youtu.be/iCvmsMzlF7o


THANKS FOR READING!

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4 Comments

  1. Well done Michelle. I think you have hit the nail on the head with this one. Everything you said seems very valid for a writer. I enjoyed reading your post. It does encourage us to share what we write. 🙂

  2. I am not sure if my comments posted but this was a very good read Michelle.

  3. thanks much Karen.

  4. Glad it helped. Encouraging writers to write is one of the things I love to write about.thanks for noticing.

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