Is Silence Really Golden?

They say silence is golden, but for me, I completely disagree.

In fact, I've rarely held back from speaking my mind. It's always been innate in me.

I'm not sure where it came from but clearly my parents and the community I was a part of supported that. They allowed me to express my thoughts and I did so freely.

I also was the first to speak up if I saw something I felt wasn't right or that I thought needed some attending to... Like if another person, even a stranger in a store, who was not being treated fairly. I'd speak up without any thought of risk.

I never thought about having to be quiet or stifle my voice. I can't imagine what that would feel like. But lately, what's happening in our country has made me think about it...

As a white woman of privilege, I've never had to worry about expressing myself. I've never had to fear any repercussions or concern for my safety.

And honestly, I've never really thought about how my words, even though they are true expressions of my thoughts...

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