Being a Writer Means Being Vulnerable

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” Criss Jami

Being a writer doesn’t mean you reveal just the pretty, shiny, and good things about you. It means allowing yourself to show the deepest scars, the unexposed truths about yourself, the dark side that nobody sees and bring it to life through words. Being a writer means you are vulnerable to people, and the world.  It means choosing to expose what you deny, or keep hidden from others, and turn it into art that someone else can admire. It is taking all that you are, and all that you have learned and exposing yourself for what you see, and not what others think.

Being a writer means sacrificing your insecurities, flaws, and sorrows for the world to become inspired, and to speak for someone who can’t. To speak for those whose voices have been shut down by cruel people, or those who are too broken to make out their words. It means being vulnerable to yourself, but most importantly the inner corners of your heart. A writer’s heart is laced with a desire for their words to touch other people’s hearts. Writers are vulnerable to give wisdom, healing, hope, grace, and remedy to open wounds, and fleeting emotions. They must write about the stories they were once afraid to have anyone know, so others aren’t afraid to share their own. We are the brave ones, we are the ones who take risks in love, and the ones who turn the failed attempts into rich poetry.

Writers have much more than one story to tell, much more than a thousand stories because they themselves are a story. A writer gets inspiration from the deepest silences, and the hardest goodbyes they’ve had to endure in their lives. A writer lives on the edge of existing beauty between the chaos of things. To be vulnerable is to conquer the courage to own your story as a reality, not a tragedy, and to have the ability to do that shows the  strength you carry to be better than the person you were before. Writers fight with their voices, we stand to be heard, and we are the most vulnerable because we know how it feels to be open with someone who was always shut.

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