I’ve thought about this post for awhile. I’ve written and deleted it many times. I wasn’t sure how or when to share this message, but decided now is better than any to do so.
To all the men out there, it’s cool to be vulnerable. It’s sexy, attractive, encouraging…any other positive adjective you want to throw in there.
I think it’s time we move on from the “real men don’t cry” bull shit. It’s 2022.
I also think it’s important to understand that not everyone knows how to be vulnerable. I was there not that long ago. And while I’ve made great strides with my vulnerability, I know I still have room to grow. I’d be lying if I said I still didn’t have that little voice in my head telling me it’s wrong to open up. It’s bad to cry. Shameful to share my true feelings. This is normal, but I’m here to hopefully change the norm.
My intention is to show that a lot can be learned by opening up, even if just a little. If my vulnerability can encourage one other man to do the same, then perhaps they can help one more. And so begins a chain reaction where many more men will feel less threatened and more comfortable being vulnerable.
If this is you, I encourage you to read some of my previous posts. I hope you can find the strength you need in my words. I hope you know that most importantly you are not alone. You are not alone in feeling scared. Feeling unsure how to even start. Once again, this was me. And I’m here to pay this message forward, so that one day you can help do the same, and continue making this world a better place.