One of the most powerful things a human can do is share their story. Throughout my life, I have learned a great deal about what it means to share your story, and how it takes so much courage. Vulnerability is key to any friendship, romantic relationship, or family. It makes relationships stronger and deeper.
Throughout my time in college, I have taken the jump into being more vulnerable, with my friends especially. There have been times this year where I have been upset about something and wanted to confide in a friend. Before this year, I would sometimes hide it and not let others know how I felt. But this year after making the jump I can attest to the fact that being vulnerable is something everyone needs to try to be.
One of the biggest blessings that I could have at Loras is meeting friends that can not only be friends to me, but also role models and mentors. That is the best. To get the most out of those bonds, it is SO important to be vulnerable — if not, there is no way the bond can be the best that it can be. Being able to go to someone 1-3 years older and get advice or just confide in each other is seriously the best. I don’t lie when I say there have been several days this year when I have texted friends about a bunch of stuff going on, and how awesome they have been in giving me advice and talking about things.
It can be scary to jump into being vulnerable with someone. Before making the jump, I didn’t know how to approach things, because I didn’t want to be awkward in the conversation. When I first made the jump, it was easy to see that after making the plunge I could talk about things normally. It was just the jump that was scary.
Without being vulnerable, I think having honest conversations with people would be impossible. Bonds with people would be straight up basic, and that isn’t how relationships should be. They should be filled with meaningful conversations that lead us into deeper friendships, romantic relationships, and family relationships.
I challenge every single Duhawk to take the plunge to be more vulnerable with others. I promise you, it’s so worth the plunge.