Rosa Todaro, The Julian Year 2012-13
This year, living in community forced me to be vulnerable. There wasn’t much I could hide from my housemates—I couldn’t even hide the fact that I was hiding. A few months into the year, my housemate Nate flat out told me I never talk about myself. It frustrated me at first to hear this, but his comment ended up being a wonderful and essential realization for me. My housemates and I grew closer by acknowledging our imperfections and troubles. Together, we shared each other’s pains and joys. We saw each other at our worst and best, and ultimately it’s this that helped us become so close. This year, I realized vulnerability is not synonymous with weakness (I didn’t make this up, don’t quote me, go click on “TED talk” above and watch the TED talk).