17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet
“I’m sorry, could you speak up? I can’t hear you."
Your parents often worried that there was something "wrong" with you.
And peers who didn't know you thought you were stuck-up.
Teachers would tell your parents they didn't think you were "socially engaged" enough.
And they also thought you had no idea what was going on in class.
You were usually the last person to be picked for a team in gym class.
And a lot of other kids assumed you were boring.
You dreaded the moment your teacher said "break into groups."
And you prayed your teacher wouldn't call you out because they "hadn't heard from you in a while."
But then, if you did contribute, you pretty much died when they said "speak up!"
Meanwhile, your report cards always had a note that said you needed "to participate more in class."
People constantly worried if you were "OK"...
...or asked, "Are you mad?"
Adults would say how "shocked" they were when they heard you talk.
You feared you'd spit out gobbledygook the moment you actually decided to talk.
And it killed you to wait for the perfect moment to make a clever remark.
Yet it annoyed the heck out of you when people talked at THE most inappropriate times.
And finally, you constantly got sarcastic remarks about how you "talk too much."
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