We become quite adept at concealing our vulnerabilities. Some people don the mask of cynicism or sarcasm to hide behind. Others use criticism or hostility to hide their fragileness. Others wrap the cloak of aloofness tightly around their delicate frame. The consequence of this however, is that often it is the very mask we wear that end up hurting us even more. The cynic who is yearning to believe, to trust, finds that what he suspected is true, the critic, fearing judgement, ends up being judged because of her judgemental nature, and the aloof who bulletproof themselves from rejection, stays always on the sidelines, feeling excluded.
We armour ourselves with defence mechanisms, strong armour to keep hurt at bay, but the opposite is also true, we keep healing, love and nurturing away from ourselves. Inside our cocoons we are safe, but also alone. The bad cannot easily reach us there, but neither can the good. Tightly wrapped up inside our cocoons, we can never be free, never develop the strength of our wings.
Despite what the world says, being vulnerable is not being weak, it is being truthful to ourselves. It is facing the true me and accepting myself for who I am. By climbing out of my cocoon, I open myself up to the chance of being hurt, yes, but I open myself up to so much more. I open myself up to love, to acceptance, to joy and beauty, to my own uniquely created self. I expose myself to growth and transformation. A butterfly can only become what it is destined to be by leaving the cocoon behind. Its true beauty can only be revealed when it spreads its fragile wings. Maybe it encounters strong winds, but maybe, it will be carried along by a gentle breeze underneath its wings.....
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