The thirteen letter state one enters when exposing their most inner, rawest emotions •

This weekend I did myself a favor and watched Demi Lovato’s documentary: Simply Complicated. It was captivating. Awe-inspiring. Life-changing. All because it was vulnerable.

Demi’s brutally honest (yet exceedingly important) documentary consisted of many revelations, including her ongoing battles with mental illness, drug addiction and bulimia. I applaud Lovato for bringing such covert subjects into the spotlight. I commend her for her vulnerability.

By nature you view stars like Demi as content, dismissing any trace of bad in their lives. She’s famous, I thought. She couldn’t possibly know what it’s like waking up each day wishing she hadn’t. Lo and behold Demi faces the same demons as me… the same crippling demons as us. Can you believe that? We need to see more of what happens behind closed doors. It’s where the truth and imperfections fuse together, producing reality.

I may not be quite ready to share my entire story, but I’ve come a long way from the girl too embarrassed to reach out for help; the girl who would’ve died had she not been vulnerable. There is no need to suffer in silence. Thank you, Demi Lovato, for the necessary reminder. And for unlocking the key to recovery for so many people. You’ve opened the door to a more vulnerable, stronger future. Who’s ready to step inside?

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”

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