from the mouths of babes
finding the value of using your voice
When my youngest daughter was little, she had a voice. And...she most definitely used it.
As she began to grow and absorb all of the cultural expectations and norms in and around her life, I began to notice that
slowly, imperceptibly...her voice became much more
Having just turned 17 this summer, I am now witnessing a new emergence of her voice. A recognition of its importance and worthiness.
And I have to smile.
This week, I humbly make room for her voice and her words as she recognizes this need within to speak out and speak up.
Without further ado, I present the thoughts of a young woman reclaiming her voice:
I feel the reverberations of silence from everyone but me.
Why can I say my piece
and be at peace
who also have voices and opinions and thoughts
seem shackled to the balance beams of popularity?
I speak out,
not as an icebreaker,
but rather because I refuse to play into the idea that silence,
when kept by the majority,
should be kept with life and death consequence.
I have an opinion and I am in charge of
I once feared the shaking of the boat.
I used to tremble from being singular and unique.
But if being different from the rest of my class means that my voice is heard
and I feel relief at this release,
then stick the social rules!
I'm gonna follow this lightness that tells me I've done right by my self.
So if you,
my dear ones,
think that silence sustained is adding any to your life,
we must agree to disagree.
Your voice is valuable and staying in a flock and silent
when you feel otherwise
when you fear leaving the well-worn trail…
you may begin to feel the erosion that comes from biting your tongue.
I can tell you that,
from my experience,
when you let your tongue wag to your hearts delight,
your heart is delighted
that makes it worth the fight.