For as long as I can remember I’ve felt a tug within me to stand up for those who don’t have a voice or those whose voices are not heard. However, even with that pull to live unafraid and fight for those who can’t, there have been times that I’ve still kept my mouth shut, my voice quiet and my thoughts hidden. I’ve allowed fear to be the loudest voice in my head and to keep me paralysed and silent.
There have been instances where, to be brutally honest, I’ve shied away from the tough topics. I’ve turned away because, at times those issues have felt like they are almost too hard to hear. But what has been rolling around in my head and heart lately is that just because something is hard to hear, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be heard. Most of the time it’s the things that make us feel uncomfortable that are the most important to be heard. These issues require us to act and respond, to stand up and not shy away.
"You can choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know." - William Wilberforce
We all have a story to write with our lives. We can write the silent story, where we allow fear to be the loudest voice in our heads. Most often than not, this is the story where we 'try' to keep everyone happy, all of the time. The story where we keep silent, even when our voices so desperately need to be heard and stay paralysed when action is needed. Or we can choose to live life bold, be unafraid and stand up for what we believe in. When we see a need, something that is unjust or someone who cannot speak up for themselves, we can fill that need, be the change and be a voice. We can choose to live in a way that we inspire others to live their lives unafraid too.
What story will you write?