This past week has been a whirlwind of events and emotions for me. At times I felt better than I have in months and at times I felt worse than I have in a while. I’ll give a quick rundown of what has gone on this week:
Monday: I was offered an internship position with a small, independent press and also got news of a second interview for a larger press. That night I got to hang out with some awesome Delight girls.
Tuesday: I went to a movie with a friend (don’t think I’ve done that since high school) and am on my way to conquering my fear of scary movies.
Wednesday: A pretty normal day, just my usual classes and bible studies.
Thursday: I helped prep Bibles for Delight’s Bible painting night and got to hang out with Delight girls for the second time that week. (Delight is a Christian women’s ministry I am a part of).
Friday: Hung out with Delight girls again before and during our Bible painting night. The event went great and all fifty Bibles went home with the girls that came! I also got some news that I didn’t really want to get. Not going to go into it, but not great. Luckily, I have great friends that picked me up and took me to Swenson’s for a burger and a shake.
Saturday: Dropped my phone in Whole Foods and it broke, so I spent my afternoon in AT&T. I got a new phone out of it, but not the way I wanted to spend my Saturday. Some friends from Bible study got together for dinner, ice cream, and a game night.
Sunday/Today: Went out to lunch with friends after church. I then got an email about how my interview with the bigger company was cancelled because they found a candidate they liked.
A whirlwind of ups and downs.
This outline may have been boring or TMI or maybe even doesn’t seem like that big of a deal either way. But that’s okay. If I’ve learned anything in the past few months it is that vulnerability is so important. I don’t ever want to approach this blog or social media or even anyone in person and pretend like my life is picture-perfect all the time. It doesn’t do anyone any good to pretend. The more honest you are the more approachable you are. No one is going to show you their brokennness if you give off the impression that you are perfect.
So, the biggest theme of my week seemed to be community. When life was good I had community and when life was not-so-good the same community was right there by my side. In this season of my life God is showing me how present He is in my everyday. He has given me so many people that are so genuinely loving and supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends or family members.
Be open about what is going on in your life and what is on your mind. No one expects you to be perfect and have it all together all the time because certainly no one else does, that I can assure you.
2 thoughts on “Being Vulnerable with the Highs and Lows”
Great post Emily!! You are so right on about being yourself and being real. No one is perfect and we are not alone. God consistently places people, challenges or opportunities in our lives that we don’t always understand why until sometimes much later, if ever. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God also strengthens us through our vulnerability, weaknesses and our struggles. Thank you so much for sharing. 🤟
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