A few things I’ve learned from openly speaking my mind on sensitive subjects…
-When you’re afraid to voice your honest opinion but feel like there’s value and validity to what you believe in, take the risk of being judged and express your truth. Not only will it feel good to stand your ground for what’s truthful for you, but you never know who else is thinking the same thing as you, but is also hesitant to speak up.
-Trust yourself and your instincts. If something feels off, there’s a reason for that. If you don’t stand up for yourself and what you believe in, then who’s going to do that for you?
-Whenever you express an opinion on sensitive subjects, there’s ALWAYS going to be someone who disagrees with you. There’s ALWAYS going to be someone trolling you. Can you be okay with that? Can you still honor your truth and opinion even when others want to bring you down for having an opposing point of view?
-Sometimes, when you share your honesty on certain subjects, even your closest friends and family will not want to support you. They may even go out of their way to show their disapproval of your opinion. Can you be okay with that too? If you’re triggering someone, maybe that’s not such a bad thing anyway? Also the way someone responds to you is THEIR prerogative, not yours. How they respond says more about them then it does about you anyway. Continue to stand for what your heart believes in.
-There’s ALWAYS a reason why you feel the way you do. It’s called your intuition - that strong “knowing” of certain things. Why would you deny your own emotions surrounding something that matters to you and directly impacts others? Some people will never speak up, but if you can and you want to, BE the voice for those who are too shy to come forward.
-At the end of the day, this is YOUR life. Your choices are YOUR choices. Your voice is YOUR voice. Your opinion matters. Honor it. Share it. Speak it.
Your voice is your power. We need more powerful voices now.