speaking up & not sitting down.

speaking up & not sitting down.

Lately, more than ever, I have noticed how uncomfortable people become when I speak up. About anything really, & it really just leaves me..confused.

As a society, or at least the society that I am surrounded by, has always been taught & told to keep your head down, be a work horse & mind yo’ business. WHICH IS FINE- but when sitting down & not speaking up starts downgrading your quality of life, that’s when you should have a problem with it.

And if you don’t have a problem with it, I have a problem with it for YOU.

I’ve heard time & time again that it is AND I QUOTE ‘easier to sit down & shut up‘ than it is to stand up & speak loudly. More so now than ever, I feel that it is important to let these people know:

JUST BECAUSE IT’S EASIER, DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT. 

No matter what you are being passionate about, it can be regarding work, going grocery shopping, women’s rights(can i get a hell yeah), president fucking trump, being vegan, NOT being vegan, etc etc etc.

Just because you speak up, doesn’t mean what you’re saying or passionate about is negative OR wrong. People may not agree with you, and hell, that’s okay. (even if you think it’s scary to be disagreed with)

Whatever you feel, your opinions matter. Your voice can be heard, regardless of the uncomfortable nature it provides others.

Be yourself.
Be your authentic self.
Speak up.
Say things that matter, that others are too afraid to say.
Be a voice for others counting on you.
Be proud.
Be proud of you.

It’s uneasy, but incredible once you do.

Thanks for reading,

Samantha

 

 



21 thoughts on “speaking up & not sitting down.”

  • I have noticed to that being outspoken is being confused with being problematic. I have been very outspoken when speaking about social injustice and somehow it makes people cringe, Why? Because they are in provilege and does not want to hear the truth. I recently cleaned up my circle of friends. I can’t bow down to everyone’s wishes.

  • I really would like to speak up more, and not just about things that I am passionate about, but also what I feel about certain things. The problem with me is that I am a people pleaser, and I hate it when people yell at me or act condescending towards me for saying how I feel, but then I get so angry that I can’t express how I feel that I come across as abrasive and rude, and I don’t want that either. However, writing in my blog and commenting on others’ blogs has given me some of my voice back, and for this blogging community, I am grateful.

  • I had a second grader that once said to the class, “doing the easy thing isn’t always right and doing the right things isn’t always easy.” I never forgot this. My husband’s boss always tells him to put his head down and plow through the work. I say, stand up and speak your mind, respectfully. I really try to think before I speak and have become better about speaking up for what I think is right. It’s important that we all stand up for what matters and not sit down.

    • That second grader sounds wise beyond their years. How amazing. And yes, respectfully speaking & standing up is so important. Thank you for your comment!

  • Yes to this! Be authentic and don’t be afraid to speak your mind! I’ve been called a troublemaker since I was a kid, and I’m still now.

  • Everyone should have the right to speak up and have an opinion, we live in the best country in the world and that is our precious right. What has happened to having an interesting opposing discussion even if you don’t agree, but can learn about understanding each other’s point of view. Speaking from the heart and expressing it is always the right thing to do and shouldn’t be shunned or quieted. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I LOVE your wolf t-shirt (my favorite animal).

  • if that happen i will speak up on what i know is right by the way its my own opinion and its my freedom to speech to say what is on my mind..

  • So true. I am so glad that so many people are standing up for themselves these days. It might be easier, but with so much going on if you don’t speak up you are part of the problem.

  • This is such an interesting topic. I am an introvert, so I genuinely struggle with getting my opinion out there, but it is so true that a lot of the times being extroverted is seen as something terrible. I think that all personality types have their own strength, and I am always willing to support people who choose to stand up for what they believe in. Thank you so much for sharing!

    xo
    Liz Diaz

  • What an inspirational message to all of us. I can totally relate with you. Some people is uncomfortable too whenever I speak.

  • Thanks for writing this post. I am a woman who speaks what is on my mind. Although I have to restrain myself to avoid hurting others’ feelings. I have gotten into trouble at work before because the management thought I was too “loud.” Well, that’s me. If they don’t want it, I can’t do anything about it.

  • I’ve always been someone who has spoken my mind and been direct. It does put some people off. I think in society we are conditioned not to do so, so it does take people by surprise.

  • I love this post! It is so true and I totally agree with you! There are too any judgements and standards in our society. Just do what you want!

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