Vulnerability has such negative undertones. No-one likes to be vulnerable. It conjures up images of weakness and others having power over us.
When we voluntarily choose to be vulnerable with another person, we are trusting that they will treat it with the utmost care and compassion. We place ourselves in a very tenuous position when we lay open our soul to another person.
Why would we not then keep our souls safely under lock and key, behind the walls we have so carefully built. What drives us to take that precarious step into vulnerability?
I think there is an innate desire in all of us to have one person that truly and completely knows us and understands us. One person that can see deep into our soul and still love, accept and want us. When you find that in another person, it forges a bond that is very hard to break.
To find this type of connection though, you need to step out from behind your wall and take that risk of being vulnerable. Sadly, many people find that instead of their vulnerability being treated as a precious gift, it is treated with disrespect, or worse humour and insensitivity. This causes people to retreat once again behind their walls, unwilling to trust their soul to anyone.
Without taking that risk though we deprive ourselves of ever having that opportunity to deeply connect to another human being. The question is though, is a soul connection with someone worth all the times we have been hurt by those that treat our vulnerability with no care or respect? I believe it is, as the chance to be vulnerable with another person knowing you can trust them implicitly is one of the greatest joys in life.