My vulnerable side

I kept pretending to be strong

I had imbibed that it was wrong

To display to the world your vulnerability

So I carefully cultivated the inability

To talk about how vulnerable I felt inside

It became such an ingrained habit to hide

My sensitivity, my weakness that I would not

Acknowledge it even in my private thoughts..


In the pragmatic world this worked well for me

But when I tried to rekindle my dormant creativity

I found that I could not keep up the charade

Of invulnerability around me, I had to go behind the facade

Of indomitability that I had constructed with care

To create something meaningful, I had to dare

To feel my vulnerability, that would find expression

In my amateur attempts at artistic creation


If I operate from a place of feigned strength, I know

The creative juices are unlikely to flow

My writing would be flat, my words lifeless Being vulnerable and honest, I confess

Was hard at the beginning but now I see

How, in writing better, it has helped me

Being open and vulnerable has bolstered my creativity

And that in turn, has made a better person out of me

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

2 thoughts on “My vulnerable side

  1. Yes!!! I see this, feel it, understand it, VALIDATE IT. Onward, fellow artist!!! Itโ€™s ok to open the gates slowly, at whatever speed we are ready/can tolerate. And we can still nudge ourselves to and a little beyond our comfort, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Whatโ€™s waiting to pour forth has a force of its own. We can surrender to and keep reins on it at the same time. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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