“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” — Steve Jobs
Ever since I can remember I’ve been pretty loud. My voice is loud, my attitude, my opinions. I was never one of those quiet and shy kids, in fact I was quite social and always asking questions. And there have been times when I was put down for it, when I was made fun of for being loud, for stating an opinion (even when it was a valid one). As a result, I’ve made myself small at times to make room for other people’s discomfort. I have stifled my ideas and allowed others to fill the silence with nonsense just because they were obnoxious or rude and did their best to shut me down.
But making myself small so others would feel big was never a good solution as it turned out to be a lose-lose for both sides. I would lose interest and become disconnected and the people around me would lose out on my input, my contribution to making their lives and this world a better place. So I decided that instead of letting other people fill the silence, I would just let my voice be heard and in the process of doing that always make sure my voice would always be a contribution, not just another way of feeling the silence. Here’s what happened in the process:
So let your voice be heard, don’t just fill the silence, but embrace it with all your being and make your voice a lovely interruption of the silence. Speak your truth with pride, vulnerability and love.
Originally published at justlav.com on May 22, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com