So, its been 2 months since I’ve been back from my travels! I didn’t do a very good job keeping up my blog while away (I blame the sun, birds and cervesa’s). But I’ve been stumped because I have felt like I need some sort of theme. Most blogs have themes right? Cooking blogs, fashion blogs, travel blogs… I’m not traveling anymore so once I finish copying and pasting my selected journal entries from my trip, what will I write about?! But I’m itching to write. I’m itching to put my thoughts and ideas out there and share with whoever is reading. Maybe even invoke ideas or simply make people smile and laugh. So here I go…
Last week my mom and I were talking about TED talks. She told me about one called “The power of vulnerability”. I didn’t watch it all week until about an hour ago. The amazing thing about the people who speak at TED talks is their ability to make you excited about everything and anything, including vulnerability. Who’d of thought! Brene, the speaker, says, “Vulnerability is the birth place of innovation, creativity and change”. I love this statement because it is something we already know but often put aside because being vulnerable is scary. I have been fortunate enough to surround myself with artists, actors, musicians and creative types all my life and these people I honour because they are vulnerable. When you are vulnerable; when you take the risk to be seen or heard and listen to your intuition, you are living. “Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.” But it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as being an outgoing creative type. Being vulnerable can apply to all aspects of life. There is so much vulnerability in relationships with our loved ones. When we open our hearts and risk the unknown outcome of our love, that vulnerability turns into a deeper connection. For example, the North American phenomenon of who says “I love you” first, has wasted so much time in relationships. Take the risk and say it! Trust in your gut feeling and don’t discredit it. If you have the courage to love, it gives your loved ones the same courage as they see your vulnerability and risk theirs.
Okay, so in saying all that, I haven’t quite figured out which direction my blog will go in, but maybe for today I will dare you to do something that may make you step deeper and closer to living your life.
Today I dare you to be vulnerable. So many times after I go traveling, I come back to Toronto itching to talk to strangers and by my second trip on the TTC I revert right back into a Torontonian that pretends I’m the only person on the streetcar. My dare isn’t for you all to start talking to strangers. But maybe when you feel your instinct pull you in a direction, before all your reasonings come in to stop you, run after it and say “I love you” first, ask “How are you?” to your neighbor, or go tell that cute girl at Fast Eddie’s that she’s cute. (That’s for you Cam)
This post has nothing to do with my travels and everything to do with my travels and I feel pretty vulnerable in sharing what would normally be a journal entry for me.. So, I feel like my work for today is done.
Thanks for reading!
Ps. If you have 20 minutes to watch the TED talk, please do and I’d love to hear what you think!