Your vulnerability matters.
I’m writing this, to share with you an idea.
I had actually given this idea a name but I’ve subsequently decided to scrap it due to its incredibly cheesy nature.
You want to know the name?
In the spirit of practising what I preach when it comes to vulnerability, here goes.
I called it Project Heart to Heart.
But we really don’t have to stick to it. I’d honestly rather call it Project Daring Greatly, or maybe thats not any better, but that’s the name of a book from an author this idea was inspired by.
Have you heard of Brené Brown? Please tell me you have because she is truly amazing and if you haven’t, then you my friend, are in for a treat.
Check out this link before you read any further. But please do come back though. I’ll miss you and you won’t be able to hear my idea.
Okay now back to this idea.
The idea is simple.
To foster a community that meets in person with the intention of creating a new culture of wholehearted connections through open vulnerability.
The idea came about at a meeting where a bunch of individuals gathered together to have a conversation and to brain storm ideas that could potentially help with problems that our local community were facing.
So a bunch of us rallied together around the needs of rising mental health issues amongst youth and young adults. Especially, during the transitional periods of university and working life. This issue runs extremely close to my heart, as it lies right in the intersection of my passion for the next generation and having had first hand experience with depression and mental turmoil.
So as we brainstormed ideas of what could be done to help the current landscape of rising mental health issues, the notion of courageous vulnerability coupled with the idea of connection within a soul tribe kept nudging at my soul, beckoning to be brought forth.
And in that moment, I chose to honour my inner voice by speaking out, and an idea was born.
I was in university at the time and knew in my heart that if we could just get people together in a safe space that allowed an opportunity to share their unique story and struggle from a place of open vulnerability, where no one judged or was quick to give advice; but instead practised loving empathy by wholeheartedly listening and being present with that person in that moment, we could change the narrative on mental health issues.
In the poignantly powerful words of Brené Brown,
“Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose: the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection”
So, if we could just create a space to allow for a fostering of a depth of courage and a clarity of purpose, then wouldn’t depression and anxiety stemming from fear and disconnect no longer have as tight a grip on the state of our mental well being?
I say yes. My hope is yes.
And maybe, just maybe, we could impact some lives for the better.
I say this, because I know it would mine.