Finding Your Voice

Introverts are stereotypically quiet people. They’re shy and usually take some time to warm up to others. It’s in their nature to be reserved until they get to know you better. It’s not their fault, it’s just how they’re programmed. This past year has been one giant roller-coaster of political issues and struggles in various communities. As an introvert, I struggle with speaking out. I’m constantly afraid that my voice is too small to be heard. For the longest time, I didn’t even believe that I deserved to have an outspoken opinion among my peers. But here’s my personal announcement to all of you : your voice matters, you deserve to be heard. 

It’s Time to Speak Up

That’s easier said than done. We constantly forget that we’re introverts in an extroverted world. We take time to choose what words we say, while extroverts say whatever is on their minds. By the time an introvert has crafted a response, everyone else may have moved onto a new issue. There are many different ways that you can overcome this. If you want your voice to be heard, you’ll have to speak up. If people know that you’re opinionated on a certain matter, then they’ll ask you questions about that issue and become interested in what you have to say. Don’t be afraid to share your opinions! But this doesn’t mean that I believe people should just say whatever they’re thinking. I think people should put some thought into their words before they speak. If enough people who believe in a common goal get together, then they should express their thoughts.

Susan Cain wrote a book titled “Quiet” which discusses introversion in great depth and detail. She deals with the fact that introverts are forced to change their personalities in this age to be more gregarious and extroverted. I agreed with her when she said that the world needs to be more accepting of introverted personalities. It is scientifically proven that introverts work better when they are placed in a comfortable setting. Creativity is strongly stimulated when introverts and extroverts are in their comfort zones. If you aren’t comfortable out of your comfort zone, you could start writing. It doesn’t have to be published, you could just write in a journal. Or you can find a good friend who you’re comfortable talking to. Introverts are constantly on the short end of the stick. We’re the quiet ones who sit back and observe everything that happens. I think it’s time for introverts to stand up and say something.

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  1. Like Ben in Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, for many many years I have been marooned on a island of{introversion} In every instance where grouping exist(ed)(s),I have been accepted only long enough to be put aside like a dummy. I have always been a bit of a ham and have a history of being outgoing. Life has dealt me enough blows; for me to be exhausted.

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