Being Vulnerable | Our Personal Project
Sometimes in life you cross paths with people who inspire you, guide you and accept you for who you are. You can meet and find yourself within mere hours embracing and sharing tears. You allow yourself to be vulnerable in each others presence. Some may need some dutch courage in the form of a bottle of booze but not us. Heart on sleeve is how we roll. You leave each other feeling uplifted by each others spirit. By chance Brett and Julien walked into our shopfront in mid November last year. They had both been travelling and exploring who they truly were and how they fit in this world. We shared an incredible afternoon connecting, everything was discussed, life, love, photography, vulnerability, even earthships and little houses.
After a wonderful afternoon of connection Julien and Brett asked me to photograph them. He wanted to capture who he was in this moment. We had been discussing how being photographed is a really personal experience that sometimes requires letting the whole world in through your eyes. It’s not just the end result that stays with you… it’s that you experienced it, reflected upon your own image and accepted yourself for who you are. It’s about being Brave. Allowing others to see into your soul requires immense courage and makes you vulnerable. For only through allowing others to see our imperfection do we truly grow.
Dan and I have both been exploring this topic over the past year personally and have loved discussing it with others. Learn more is by watching Brene Brown’s first Ted Talk below as she discusses briefly the power of vulnerability.
If you watch this and want more head to http://brenebrown.com/books/ and get yourself The Power of Vulnerability. Listen to Brene herself elaborate in only a way she can from a conference she did after the above talk went viral.
So together we now journey into a new realm for us. We are going to keep it simple, connect with others who are genuinely happy to share with us and explore more why striving to be the impossible perfect is sooooooo yesterday. It simply does not exist. It will be a long term project and we still don’t know how it will manifest. Whatever happens, we are excited. This personal project is driven by feeling not thinking. Join us.
Now let me share with you some words from Brett & Julien as they allow you in to experience who they think they are.
Who are you ?
I thought, that’s typically the kind of question I would have tried hard to answer a few years ago and I would have put some nice ideas like curiosity, open mindedness and all that. But today, I could just think that I am someone getting closer to who I feel like being deep inside, and I don’t think that words could be accurately reflecting it.
Are you happy with yourself ?
My first thought is YES, frankly Julien, I’m really proud of what you’ve become and your honesty about yourself, I don’t think you could have done better.
Are you changing the world ?
I think so and in a very different way and scale than what I would have expected a few years ago. I wanted to change the whole world and make everything and everybody perfect -whatever what that means- but today, I’m changing me and the few people that I come across, and not to make them perfect or something different, more to make them feel that they already are perfect and that only changes that come from their inner selves are worth striving for. And I apply that to myself in the first place.
“Visualise yourself in 5 years time. Where will you be? What life will you be living?”
“Close your eyes , let the world fall away once again, stay in your head. I want you to think about who you are as a person.”
“How do you define yourself? How do you see yourself?
So this post isn’t perfect… But that is the point.
Until Next Time.
I’m so very glad I got to meet you Julien and Brett. You have enriched my life.