As high schoolers we know what it’s like to be under pressure, be stressed out, and feel like we are different and like we don’t belong. We have so many things to work towards like school, sports, family, and dealing with friends. All of these things are going on at the same time and sometimes we get to the point where we just can’t handle it on our own and even our friends or family can’t help us. When you realize that nobody can help you, you start to think that life sucks and that nothing will ever work out. But the truth is that nothing is ever gone, nothing is ever over, nothing is ever ruined. It is simply just lost, forgotten for a while until you can finally look at things positively and start to live life the way you choose. There’s always going to be something in the way, and using that to your advantage is the only way to conquer it. So, start by talking about it.Speaking from experience, we know what it is like to be afraid to speak up and use your voice, but we are working on it and so can you. So, start by speaking up in class, then from there you can start to take action and make everything okay. 🙂
From the moment I first stepped into a school, I’ve always felt like an outcast, like I didn’t belong. I didn’t talk during class, just sat and listened to the teacher. I was more interested in hanging out with boys because we shared similar interests. I had few friends that I could trust with any of my secrets. Whenever we had to present or speak in class I would freeze up and my heart would race 180 miles per hour. I was afraid. Afraid to speak up. Tell others how I feel. As time has gone on, I’ve gotten more comfortable with speaking. I still am not entirely comfortable with making new friends, but have made a few that I know I can trust. In the beginning, whether you’re at a new school or new neighborhood all you have to do is make one friend. From there you can get comfortable with talking to other people and before you know it you’ll be confidently speaking in front of the class. So, what do you say? Are you going to be the one that answers the questions in class? Makes 1 new friend each week? Or shares their story with others? Be bold. Be brave. Use your voice.
Listen to the following song by Sara Bareilles
While you listen to the song think about the ways you can speak out and voice your opinion
This song is talking about being brave by speaking up and using your voice, whether it be to tell your story or to just talk.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what is takes to sit down and listen.” -Winston Churchhill
The Importance of Using your Voice
It is important to share with others what you feel and experience. If you don’t share with someone what you are feeling they won’t be able to help you. No matter what the situation is, it will help to just tell your story to someone, whether it’s a trusted adult, teacher, or friend. No matter who it is, you need to tell someone so they can help you, and maybe even help others.By telling your own story it allows you to finally feel free and maybe even help others by inspiring them to tell their own experiences. As high school students we all realize how much high school can suck. When we use our voice it releases a burden on our chest and allows us to finally feel good about ourselves. Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking, and it ranks in the top 20 of our greatest fears. So, the next time your are going to speak, remember you are not alone, the people or person you are talking to probably feel the exact same way. So, speak, use your voice, and have courage!
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