Have you ever remained silent and wished that you had spoken up for something or someone? Maybe it was something like speaking up for the person that was overlooked in class or at work. Or maybe it was advocating for a cause. Whatever that thing may have been, what held you back?
For me, it has been fear that what I had to say was not important enough. Sometimes I also worried that what I had to say diminished the voice of others that experienced a greater hardship than me.
Gratefully, I have discovered that I have a voice and others count on me to use it. I count on me to use it. I am the only one that has walked in my shoes and so are you.
The ego is powerful and will talk you out of using your voice and can also talk you into using it when it’s not necessary. The key is to quiet the chatter in your head by thinking about your thinking. Ask yourself some questions. is it your lane? If you move out of your lane are you helping or hurting. Cy Wakeman goes into great depth about knowing when to switch lanes and the key is don’t do it if you are judging instead of helping. That’s a whole other post for another day:-)
Today, let’s assume you have your helping hat on and it is your lane. Don’t shrink. Don’t be small. Your experience matters. Let your voice be heard.