Being vulnerable is the way, or some say, the only way, we connect deeply with other human beings. We often hear, that it takes a tragedy, death or an illness to shake things up in people’s lives. A few weeks ago, I watched my partner lose her grandmother. I was there to witness the passing of life, the final breath, which was painful to see, and also a beautiful and privileged moment to be part of.
Whilst we were by her side for hours, so many friends and family members came by, to pass on their love, whisper in her ear, stroke her head, say their farewells. I was deeply touched by the capacity for love and tenderness. We so seldom see this raw human connection because we are not often faced with losing someone we love.
It got me thinking over the last couple of weeks, that it takes the imminent loss of someone to bring people closer, to truly show our vulnerabilities. Why do we have to wait until such an event, before we express our love and support of one another. We take things / people for granted. We get so wrapped up in our lives that we forget about the people who matter, we forget about what actually matters. And that Tuesday, nothing mattered except love. Love for the beautiful woman, lying there, fragile and close to the end of her life, love for the people surrounding her, love for those who could not be there.
“vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together. It’s the magic sauce”
~ Brené Brown
So today, do that thing you keep putting off, message the people you love and let them know what they mean to you. Do it now, before it’s too late.