The need to Speak Up?

Imagine you are in a gathering full of people,

All kinds, 

Few you know,

Few acquaintances,

Few wanna be’s,

And then there is you, the quintessential introvert,

Who speak up when spoken to,

Who doesn’t brag about anything and everything in this world, 

Who don’t feel the constant need to be at the center of everything,

Yet

You are expected to, 

Participate,

People come to you every time they see you,

Asking:

Are you alright?

Are you enjoying yourself?

Why don’t you join us?

And then you start questioning the very persona that you are?

Begin to have doubts if something is seriously wrong with you, 

Feeling pressured into speaking something for the heck of it,

To feel accepted,

To demonstrate your existence,

And 

Then you choose to just leave, 

Wondering

Why can’t you be accepted as it is? 

Why the world expects you to behave in a certain manner?

For such, let me tell you, it’s alright to just be,

For the need to speak shouldn’t be the guiding force in your life, 

For acceptance is more beautiful than complying to some random norm, 

For being different is what makes life so beautiful and worth living. 

So be who you are,

For the world will come to cherish your being sooner or later. 

Source for the Image: https://www.success.com/3-ways-to-speak-up-and-be-heard/, https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/03/21/understanding-the-importance-of-introverts-inside-the-workplace/

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