Friday, January 28, 2011

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Heh, first post of the year...which is almost over. ^_^;; Sorry about that, been busy. 

“The hardest times for me were not when people challenged what I said, but when I felt my voice was not heard.”
- Carol Gilligan

Anyways, have any of you ever had trouble trying to get your voice heard? Heh, you're not the only ones. I like to think I was born a shy baby but as I grew up I had to break out of my shell. When I was young I'd always be the one hiding behind my parents. lol Actually in middle school I was voted the "most quietest person in class".... High school wasn't much better, still quiet and shy and a loner for the most part. Not something I'm totally proud of but now I'm better. I used to get nervous and would rehearse things I'd say in my head before I actually said them. I also hated being wrong when I was younger but I soon learned that happens more often than one would like in their life. lol

Then came college where I was forced to grow up and get out there. I had to make my voice be heard. My parents no longer was there to help me all the time and kind of threw me out to get things done. Of course they would help me if I needed or asked. Although, it was strange for me because I had a tendency to want to get things done on time and accurately. I ended up missing deadlines or barely making them. lol Now I'm better at prioritizing but I still procrastinate sometimes. Shhh.....

Ah yes, the point of this entry. You all have a unique voice, thoughts, and style of talking or writing. You all just need to express it. Like I am here writing entries in a blog. It can even be expressed through art or music. Everyone has a unique story and it's really up to you whether or not you want your voice to be heard. It is a power that only you possess. 

“Today, comics is one of the very few forms of mass communication in which individual voices still have a chance to be heard.”
- Scott McCloud
(Of course I had to add a quote from an inspiring comic expert XD) 

Even if you don't think you can express it very well verbally. Try to keep it short. If that isn't possible, change the form of communication. Write, draw, send it telepathically. I'm serious about the last one. One day that will happen. Anyways, just do it. I've been trying to get that into my mentality lately. As long as it's legal and you're not hurting anyone I don't see a reason why not to do it. ^_~ But don't do something you're not ready for either, remember to also use your best judgment.
Now for the ladies (Women Empowerment: Guys can read if you want cause it could appeal to you as well. ^_^)

"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. It’s complicated by the fact that in most nations women receive substantially less education than men."
- Melinda Gates

Ladies, we are still behind our male counterparts in terms of having our "voice" socially accepted, but the best thing we can do to fight it is to get a decent education. Some of you are working full time jobs, heck some of you may be working multiple jobs AND still taking care of the family. Sometimes you'll think is it even worth it? Do I have the time to study and the money for the tuition? Set aside time to study, look for scholarship and grants because I know you all can do it. 

However, don't be the overbearing type. I've known a few of those and those type of women (or people) are...scary. Personally, I'm more laid back but there are people who know what they want and go for it, no matter what it takes. Good for them. But we're not all like that. Go at your own pace and be yourself. Make others recognize you for your own abilities and eventually your own voice will shine through.

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