A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Casual Fridays: The beauty of vulnerability

Hi guys, it's Britt. 
Years ago in film school, my Acting and Directing professor asked the class: "When are people most vulnerable?" 

What are the moments in life when our mask slips? When whatever persona we choose to show the world dissolves. When for a split second, or longer, we are real and exposed? 

She came up with these: 

-When you are sleeping.
-When you truly and wholeheartedly laugh. 
-When you sneeze or cough.
-When you trip, slip, or fall.

I have a soft spot for the moment after someone around me trips (maybe cause it's often me!) It's always vulnerable, and embarrassing, and so real. 

The next time you are out and about and someone around you stumbles, take a moment to notice what happens. Observe with kindness how real that person has suddenly become. 

There's something special about being totally uncool. It inspires other people to let their guard down too, and makes us all a little bit more human. 

What do you think? When was the last time you've been truly vulnerable?

Put yourself out there this weekend, story makers. See you again on Monday. 


  1. I think I am at my most vulnerable when I am crying. Not the "I'm watching a sad movie teary-eyed cry", but full out sobbing. It's when I know that I am not fully in control. I know that I should be afraid of what someone is thinking of me, but yet I don't.

  2. You are so right, there is much truth in a stumble, in fact, I just had one myself, I said 'whoops' and my cheeks went red. Thank you for this post!