When people think about the idea of being vulnerable, most automatically assume the worst. It can be quite difficult for us to open up and show our true colors to others just for the simple fact that we do not want to get hurt. Plain and simple. Which is understandable, but in order for others to be able to truly connect with how your mind and emotions work, you have to be transparent and embrace who you are and let that beautiful personality of yours shine!
As I get older and hopefully somewhat wiser, I recognize that not everyone in this world is going to like me or be the kind of people that I automatically "click" with. The same applies to me. I know that I am not attracted to be friends with every single human being that walks this earth either, but that's okay. It doesn't make you a bad person, but if you are so in tune with who you are as a person and accept that, then it really shouldn't matter.
When you are vulnerable, you allow people to see all the characteristics that make you who you are. Both the good and bad. However, when people notice how open, honest, and trustworthy you are, that makes it ten times easier for them to be willing to open up as much as you and that is where the magic lies.
I know for me that I am usually a pretty good judge of character when I am first meeting someone. Of course, you become more comfortable with people as time goes on and you get to know them, but you should never have to force it.
Always trust your instincts and go with your gut. Your body sends you those messages for a reason, so trust it. If you feel like when you are being vulnerable with someone that the feeling is not reciprocated, or you just feel uncomfortable, then that should be a red flag.
It can be scary to think about accepting and loving yourself for who you are and recognizing that you have flaws just like everyone else. But that is what makes being vulnerable so special. You are stronger and braver than most because you become so honest and open that it is inspiring to others to do the same.
So, don't let being vulnerable intimidate you. It doesn't make you weak, if anything it shows that you have strength and courage to look beyond superficial things and that is something to be proud of.