Finding your own voice, in a world where almost no one wants you to have one, can be very challenging. There are a lot of people out there who simply don’t want to hear what anyone else has to say, especially if it’s regarding a topic that relates to their own lives or behavior. Often, your conversation alone can be interpreted as conviction and judgment by others, including your own friends and family. At times, it seems much easier to just keep your thoughts and your voice to yourself, to avoid any problems, misunderstandings, or annoying anyone. But if you’re anything like me, taking the easy way out isn’t your preferred route.
It took quite some time to get to the point where I found my voice and realized just how important it is. However, once I got to that point, I made a vow to myself that I would never let anyone walking the face of this earth silence it again. Your voice is your like your footprint in this world. It’s your impact, whether positive or negative, on your environment and those in it. And once you find it, it’s important that you speak up and out, in order to be heard. Speak out even if it makes others uncomfortable because it’s your special instrument that deserves to be heard. Use your voice as your declaration of who you are, what you believe, and what you will/won’t tolerate. You owe that to yourself, and you’ll also feel a lot more confident the more you do it.
If you find yourself nervous about using your voice, continue using it anyway. Speak up even when your voice quivers, and eventually it will become second nature to you. Finding your voice doesn’t happen right away. It takes time. It takes trial & error. It takes vulnerability sometimes. Don’t shy away from finding your voice, because it will get more difficult the longer you wait to begin searching for it. I don’t want you to get to your last days, only to realize you never found your voice at all. And once you get to that point where your voice has been found, speak boldly, courageously, and unapologetically.