From a young age, I’ve always been quiet. My quiet and sometimes reserved nature has often been mistaken for a lack of voice. I’ve always had a strong voice, I just didn’t know how to use it.
I don’t necessarily believe that people need to find their voice because you already have a voice whether you know it or not. Instead, people need to figure out how to use their voice.
My parents encouraged me throughout my life to voice my opinions, speak up and stand up for others. It hasn’t always been easy for me, but it is important.
I had teachers who also helped me use my voice. One of the most influential people was my third grade teacher Mrs. Roberts. Some teachers would have a appreciated a quite, well-behaved child, but Mrs. Roberts knew that being so quiet would only hurt me. She encouraged me to speak up, engage others and share my opinions/thoughts no matter how uncomfortable I felt. Eventually with her help and the help of others, I learned how to use my voice.
Today, I find that I still have some trouble using my voice. But I remember that quiet, well behaved women rarely make history so it’s to my advantage to use my voice and be heard.