What My 3-Year-Old Niece Taught Me About Vulnerability

Have you ever sung Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star 14 times in a row? I have.

Have you ever had a makeover given to you by a 3-year old? I have.

Have you ever been in a contest to hear who could scream the loudest while inside a department store? I have.

Have you ever ridden a Merry Go Round only to realize you broke the little porcelain horse because you are far too big for the ride? I have.

Over the last 3 years, I have experienced the pure joy of being Uncle Justin to my niece, Natty. Natty has put me into countless social situations such as those mentioned above. Many of these situations have required me to get out of my comfort zone and to become vulnerable.

Being vulnerable is often viewed as a weakness. From my time as an uncle, it has become clear to me that vulnerability is an opportunity to have fun and disconnect from caring what others think of you. Vulnerability enables you to do what you normally wouldn't do and to laugh at yourself without feeling self-conscious.

Elbert Hubbard once said, "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." Personally, I support Elbert's sentiment 100%.

Next time you are out with family or friends, let loose by being vulnerable and have fun in doing so.