I explained to my new Haligonian* friend that whatever way you act around people, you give them permission to do the same. You want to be a dickhead, then expect to get dickheadedness in return. I choose to be open. By being open, I invite others around me to be open. This is what she was experiencing. This is why she told me things she normally wouldn’t have.
I’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability lately. It’s a topic that seems to have come to the forefront and it’s coming from multiple unconnected sources. For example, in a recent yoga class my teacher was discussing being vulnerable. After class we chatted a bit more about vulnerability and she mentioned a TED talk she watched, although couldn’t recall who the speaker was.
The next morning I received an email from a good friend with a link to the talk that my yoga instructor was telling me about. The importance of vulnerability is making itself clearer.