#VulneRevolution Interview Series – ep. 08 – Prachi Mohan Srivastava, Storyteller
Storytelling is a wonderful gift. However, when it’s combined with honesty, the owner can’t go wrong! Meet today’s beautiful woman.
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1. What is your interpretation of vulnerability?
I had a hard time understanding the term ‘Vulnerability’. But after having learnt about it, I think vulnerability is “being able to accept what we feel at certain moments“. We can’t deny what we are feeling inside and to suppress it; that is only going to make us suffer, later. I have people in my life who think that hiding – or simply skipping (not acknowledging) – the true feelings make them strong. But there is a difference between me and them: they don’t know the feeling of being true to themselves, the feeling of letting others know what’s in the heart, to be readable.
2. Can you tell us about a time when you were vulnerable in the workplace?
I don’t have experience of an actual workplace yet, but I have had incidents where I was vulnerable.
3. What happened?
I used to be very emotional and I still am. But now I have learned to understand the reason behind certain feelings. I had some “friends” who were not very mature. Since childhood, I had difficulties in finding friends, because nobody matched my emotional level.
“The ability to understand what we feel and why we feel it is a gift. “
I was called weak for feeling it all too much. One of my relatives told me: “If you continue like this, you’ll never survive in this world”. But I seem to be doing just fine today 🙂
Being vulnerable made my relationships better, because I acted right, at the right moment.
4. Do you regret it?
I think being vulnerable, at times, is good. It gives me strength and I don’t have to hide anymore. I never regretted it, especially when it came to important people and moments.
5. Nowadays, do you consider that being true to yourself and others is a sign of weakness/ vulnerability or strength? And why?
From what I know till now, I’ve met very nice people in life (of course exceptions are there). I’ve been natural and have tried to present myself the way I feel. But elders tell me: “The world is cruel, hide your weaknesses and show your strengths”. I don’t agree with hiding the weaknesses, because… What are weaknesses? We ourselves have labeled them as our weakness. If we say “We have no weaknesses”, then we don’t have any weaknesses!
6. How did your experience with vulnerability influence your current state of mind? Would you recommend others to talk about it?
Absolutely! See, we can’t hide our true feelings. They may be hidden at the moment, but will eventually build up and result in something intense. Everybody is vulnerable, at some point, and it really is okay to expose it. Being vulnerable made me understand many WHYs. The ability to understand what we feel and why we feel it is a gift.
7. If you can sum up in 1 word how you feel about your experience with vulnerability what would it be?
“Being vulnerable made my relationships better, because I acted right, at the right moment.”
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