We all carry around our share of shame-debris.
That is, unless we grew up in a perfect environment with perfect parents, perfect siblings, perfect everybody, or—let’s face it—planted on a perfect planet.
Recently, I discovered a video where Brené Brown makes us feel pretty normal about our shame. She also makes us feel normal about our fear of appearing vulnerable to others.
In our culture, we tend to idolize the John Wayne-cool-tough-and-numb look—mischaracterizing it as strength. But Brené elevates vulnerability to a strength: “Vulnerability is not weakness,” in fact, “vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
If you watch the video, you’ll soon see, as I have, that Brené has the courage to get naked. She’s my new role model.